This post looks at three factors which indicates that new gTLDs are close to the tipping point (Malcolm Gladwell’s coined term defining the moment of critical mass).
Just recently Afnic, the .fr registry, released a new study showing that new gTLDs are growing faster than both traditional gTLDs (.com, .net, .org, .info etc.) and ccTLDs (country code TLDs such as .fr, .de and .co.uk). The number is quite staggering. New gTLDs added only 17% of total new domains growth in April. In September this number had doubled.
The numbers though should be taken with a pinch of salt.