.Pro domain registrations increased roughly 1,000% compared to January of last year, advised a source at one of the .pro domain accredited registrars.
While this is a massive percentage increase, .pro registrations are expected to continue growing rapidly, likely dwarfing growth rates of other domain extensions.
Another domain extension that hopes to create some buzz this year is .tel. The .tel domains will allow you to store and manage contact information and keywords directly in the DNS without the need to build, host or manage a website.
Registrations for .tel open up at premium prices on Feb. 3, 2009, and general registrations begin March 24, 2009.
Given the .pro domains’ registration standards and credibility, they are expected to make a mark with mainstream Internet users by the fall of 2009. Meanwhile, several top .pro domains are still available on the market.