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Clint Eastwood proves that as long as there’s news, there will be domain registrations

September 6, 2012Domain Registrars, domain registration, Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Clint Eastwood proves that as long as there’s news, there will be domain registrations

Dozens of domain names registered about…a chair.

Clint Eastwood’s speech at the Republican National Convention last Thursday gave 24 hour news networks and election watchers something to talk about for the next few days.

And it once again showed that when there’s news, there will be domain name registrations.

On the evening of Eastwood’s speech, in which he pretended Barack Obama was sitting in an empty chair next to him on stage, a California man jumped on Go Daddy and registered emptychairobama.com (along with the hyphenated version).

The next day a flood of “empty chair” registrations were made:

clintschair.com
emptychairparty.com
emptychairtv.com
officialemptychair.com
presidentialchair.com
talkedtothechair.com
talkingtothechair.com
talktothechair.com
theofficialemptychair.com
voteforthechair.com
votechair.com
eastwoodschair.com
invisibleobamachair.com
keepthechair.com
obamaemptychair.com
obamaschair.com
clinteastwoodschair.com
debatethechair.com

News of the speech continued to make the rounds the following day. Here are registrations from September 1:

Fill-The-Chair.com
FilltheChair.com
Chair2016.com
TheChair2012.com
TheChairForPresident.com
ObamasEmptyChair.com
ObamaTheEmptyChair.com
Chair4President.com
EastwoodChair2012.com
EastwoodChairs.com
WestwoodChair.com
EmptyChair2012.com
RepealObamChair.com

Of course, the simplest domain about the now infamous chair was registered long ago.

Who would have thought that domain names about chairs would become so popular?


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Domain Registration Tipped Off GrouponGoods.com

October 5, 2011domain registration, Domaining, Domainnamewire, groupon goods, UncategorizedComments Off on Domain Registration Tipped Off GrouponGoods.com

Groupon Goods launch foreshadowed by domain registration.

Groupon GoodsIn August I wrote about Groupon’s registration of GrouponGoods.com. At the time I asked if it was for a merchandise site or charity.

Today I got my first Groupon Goods email. According to the company:

Groupon Goods features really good deals on great products. To get airspace on Groupon Goods, a product has to be cool enough to share and innovative enough to inspire. It also must be made of reliably bonded molecules and stardust.

Honestly, if we think a product is remarkable and we can offer a good deal on it, we’ll do so.

Groupon Goods will compete with flash sale sites such as Woot and potentially Amazon’s MyHabit.


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Google to Listen In? Company Buys Listen.in

June 22, 2011domain registration, Domaining, Domainnamewire, google, UncategorizedComments Off on Google to Listen In? Company Buys Listen.in

Company acquires Listen.in domain name.

Google has made a curious domain acquisition — Listen.in.

Technically it’s an Indian country code domain name, so perhaps we should just ignore the obvious phrase “Listen In”.

But it’s more fun if you don’t ignore it.

What’s Google up to? The company does have a product called Google Listen that’s in Google Labs. Oh, and there were those apparent plans to “listen in” to your computing environment.

Of course there’s the new Google music service as well, and this would be a nifty name for it when it rolls out generally.

Still, I find it hard to believe the company would bank a new product on a local ccTLD like .in. The company hasn’t been big on buying generic or even “cute” domains like this in the past.

Listen.in used to be a social music service based in Canada.

What do you think?

[Update: see comments, Ross says the got this domain when they acquired PushLife. It was still in an individual's name until it just changed hands.]


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