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Did Michael Arrington Register UnpaidBlogger.com 2 Days Before Wearing His Infamous Shirt?

September 15, 2011Domaining, Domainnamewire, michael arrington, techcrunch, UncategorizedComments Off on Did Michael Arrington Register UnpaidBlogger.com 2 Days Before Wearing His Infamous Shirt?

Domain name registered on September 10, just two days before Arrington’s TechCrunch Disrupt appearance.

When TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington took the stage at TechCrunch Disrupt on Monday he sported a now much-talked about t-shirt.

Arrington, who just left TechCrunch because of potential conflicts of interest with his CrunchFund, wore a shirt that read “unpaid blogger”.

These days anything that grabs news attention like Arrington’s shirt will be registered as a domain name. And, lo and behold, UnpaidBlogger.com was registered within the past week.

The domain name is protected by GoDaddy‘s whois privacy service. Did someone just capitalize on Arrington’s shirt news and jump on the domain? Nope. It was registered on September 10, two days before Arrington’s shirt made news.

Did Arrington register it? There are many other people who may have known about the shirt who could have registered it. And of course it could be pure coincidence.

But remember that Arrington used to be CEO of domain name drop catching service Pool.com. He’s domain savvy, other than not owning CrunchFund.com.

Arrington also plans to start a personal blog in the next couple days (as a commenter pointed out). This could very well be it.


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Arrington: Apologies Shouldn’t be Conditional

November 7, 2009Domaining, Domainnamewire, Expired Domains, SnapNames, techcrunchComments Off on Arrington: Apologies Shouldn’t be Conditional

TechCrunch article questions Snap’s rebate requirements.

Given the bad taste Michael Arrington’s has in his mouth from his time in the domain name industry, he’s laying down the heat on Snapnames and its bidding scandal. Today he wrote a second article about the scandal, saying that SnapNames’ request that customers sign a waiver to get their rebate is not right.

I understand where he’s coming from, but I also see why SnapNames is requesting this. When you are part of a class action you always agree that the rebate or other compensation you get as a result is your only settlement, and waive rights to sue. Granted, this isn’t a class action and all we have is SnapNames’ story. So you might want to think about what happens if more issues come to light after you’ve signed the agreement.

I also want to clarify a couple things that Arrington discusses in his article.

1. The deletion of account history doesn’t seem to be related to the scandal. A number of people have reported that their account history at SnapNames prior to 2007 has been deleted. This is true, but old account data was archived long before this scandal. Given the events of the past week, I do think SnapNames should re-enable it. I’ve sent them a note asking for their position on it. [Update: I missed this post on DNN, which links to a forum post in which SnapNames does say it will bring back the entire account history. As I suspected, only showing two years worth of data is not a recent change. According to the post, Snap has only showed two years worth of data for the past four years.]

2. SnapNames did disclose the exact amount of revenue it gained from the nefarious bidding.

In today’s article, Arrington wrote:

SnapNames said only about 5% of total auctions were affected, but this is misleading. The top domains make up a substantial proportion of total revenue. So that 5% could easily have accounted for, say, much more than 50% of revenue. SnapNames was careful not to disclose the total dollar amounts involved, or even what percentage of overall auction revenue was affected.

In fact, they did release the actual amount of revenue, stating “The incremental revenue from the bidding represented approximately one percent of SnapNames auction revenues since 2005.”


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