A generic top-level domain intended for informative websites, although its use is not restricted.
It was a part of ICANN’s highly publicized announcement, in late 2000, of a phased release of seven new generic top-level domains gTLDs.
The event was billed as the first addition of major gTLDs to the Internet since the DNS was developed in the 1980s.
The seven new gTLDs, selected from over 180 proposals, were meant in part to take the pressure off the overcrowded .com domain.
.info has been the most successful of the seven new domain names, with over 3 million domain names registered up to mid-2006.
In addition, over 1.6 million .info websites are in active and dedicated use.
In the immediate aftermath of September 11th, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority switched to the easier to remember mta.info website to lead users to latest information on schedules and route changes on the area’s transportation services.
Chomsky.info is another noteworthy .info domain used by political activist Noam Chomsky. Spain.info is used by Spain’s tourism board to promote visitors to come to Spain.