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Just happened or some tricks?

a strange thing met at a registar last week

     
1:35 am on Jun 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I was thinking of registering a domain name for my future ecommerce business. I searched last week at a very popular registar which I have used for 6 years. exactly on 21/06/2011. The domain name is ieatfr___.com. I did register it at that time. But when I searched it again today, it showed that the website had been registered on 22/06/2011. Would just happen? I never talked to anyone about my searching. I notice that the registar website can remember your past search without login. I contacted with them but they thought it just happened because the words I used are very popular.
But I just cannot believe it!
3:59 am on June 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

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When your fingers typed "I did register" did your brain mean "I did not register" ?

So you've got a scenario where someone keeps track of domain-name searches and jumps in and registers anything that someone has expressed the least bit of interest in?

Hmm. Wonder if it's profitable in the long term. When I was setting up the site for my friend's art studio I found that most of the obvious domain names belonged to scalpers (sorry, I don't know the Official Term). But I'm ### if I'm going to pay them for use of the name. I just kept trying until I found something they hadn't thought of.
4:06 am on June 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Thank you for your thought. sorry, I did want to say "did not register"
4:15 am on June 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Just interested to know how they tracked my history searching and how to prevent it. Thanks
4:24 am on June 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

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>I notice that the registar website can remember your past search without login

Are you sure it's not just your browser remembering what you typed into that form field? It's no biggie if a site remembered it anyway, they could use a cookie to tie you with your searches.

I would check if the domain had backlinks, there are a ton of domains and a ton of methods used to grab domains, particularly ones that already have backlinks pointing to it.
5:23 am on June 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Thank you for the comment. It was available when I searched it there. It was registered by the other party on the second day. I just checked my Chrome cookie for that registar. It seems that all information are encrypted. I think the Chrome might not be smart enough to remember all my search history of a single form field. Really confusing ... Is it easy to decrypt cookies?
3:19 pm on June 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

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It has been reported certian registers will actually register a domain that has been searched if the one that did the search does not register it at that time.
4:23 pm on July 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

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This used to be a well-known practice by some registrars, the good news is that so many names have expired in the last couple of years, or been parked, plus the numerous extensions which are available, surely you can find another one?
 

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