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Need some help in getting a non-commercial domain

WhoIs indicates domain is going to expire in one week

3:35 am on May 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I am looking at a 10-letter .com domain that is not an english word. It would be very nice as a homepage for me, since it means "memories" in my native language.

If I do whois, it says, it is going to expire in a week. How do I go about acquiring it?

Thanks for helping this newbie on domain drops.

5:10 am on May 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

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First thing you to want to make sure is, the individual is not going to renew it. They are usually given a grace period after domain has expired to renew the registration. If you do a whois on the domain name, it should give you some sort of contact information. Go to the website in question, and see if the site is up and running. If so, email the owner, talk to them that way. If they are not willing to give the domain up, then you either have to wait, or choose a different name.
8:45 am on May 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

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See who the domain is registered with. You can usually pick it up on the drop from SnapNames, Pool.com or Godaddy's TDNMA.
1:05 am on May 11, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Check the deletion date for the domain. If you want it cheap, you can try drop catching it yourself.