I doubt that anyone is watching your whois queries specially if you use whois from domain registrars.
Many so called registrars are actually re-sellers who will buy up a domain the moment anyone expresses an interest in it. If you want do a whois query without fear of this happening again then use the internic whois query.
I've been paranoid about this very topic for a long time, and I don't it would be too complicated for a tech person with access to the servers that provide the search capabilities, to set up a filter to pick up domains that they might be interested in.
Yes, if you look up a non-existant domain name too many times, somebody is going to nab it.
Twice I had this happen to me. Guess I'm a slow learner, should have never let it happen the second time.
Now I do all the prelimiary checking by doing a search through all three major search engines for the domain name. Not perfect but better. I had one I was working on that wasn't showing anywhere, it just happened that someone else bought it within the same time period I was looking.
Now I only use whois or registrar lookups when I am ready to buy.
Seems kinda hard. For this to be plausible, the entity grabbing them would have to be a whois provider or have access to the whois queries. Then they'd need some way of parsing the queries to find worthwhile ones. That's a lot of engineering for probably pretty low returns.
I've had this happen to one of my customers, for a totally obscure personal name + surname .com. He had done searches in a fair number of whois services.
His domain was snatched by a company called Belgium Domains (which doesn't offer registratrions to the public!).
I advised him to not query the whois or visit the domain. As I had predicted, they realised it had no traffic and the domain was released before the 5-day period (so the domain Registrar was refunded). My customer was happy to buy it :-)
Never ever happened to me.
I don't think anyone would bother.
I think it is more likely that
your interest in the dom was sparked
by e.g tv, radio, the web,
and you weren't the only one who responded.
|...the domain was released before the 5-day period. |
I get the feeling this happened to me a couple of days ago. A few hours after searching a registrar and WHOIS for a domain name, a company in US-CA snatched it up!
Any opinions on whether I should wait for the 5-day time period to pass before selecting another domain name?
If you really want this domain then 5 days isn't a long time to sit it out.
I have suspected this as well in the past.
Don't think it would be too hard to do either.
I've had this happen to me too, but I just put it down to the possibility of one of the other 6 billion or so people on this planet having a similar idea to me.
I hope webwork is ok with this.
Let's all do a whois on zxcobetmitme.com , it is available currently and let's see if it is registered within the next week.
No cheating now, by registering this most valued name please : )
I've suspected this myself in the past.
So nowadays I don't try, till I'm ready to buy.
It happened to me :)
I checked it every now and then, just to find out it was booked a couple of weeks later.
I won't say who or where, but I strongly suspect that there's a person/company/entity that might just be able to do this, and in fact most likely does, IMHO. Don't ask who or what, I won't tell - but I've suspected it for a long, long time.
I remember this happened to me a couple of years ago when I was using one site to check a domain availability. Only a minute later, the domain was gone. I later do not use that site to check domain any more.....