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Google now a domain registrar

What are they planning for '05?

     
4:01 am on Feb 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

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With Google now a registrar, what kind of impact will this have on the many domain registration companies? It could be interesting as most of them are *customers* of Google.

Google email, Google hosting, Google domains, Google Adwords, Froogle for product placement - sounds like a nice small business solution.

Link to the registrar list at iana.org

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Google is #895

3:00 pm on Feb 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

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They could add-on the gmail service with your own domain?

This could be the best news I've heard all day. Gmail service (1GB + superb SPAM filter + email organizations) for my domain.

I can finally outsource my email to Google Gmail.

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It's service oriented & even if they won't earn much in domain registration, they are'nt loosing anything...

And With Gmail, they will get more switch overs from hotmail & yahoo....

Surely Gbrowser & maybe Gmessenger is not far behind...

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And wwg replaces www

They may as well do whatever they can while they can. Life is short after going public so who knows if they are even around in the same form in three years. Can Microsoft come from behind again like in the browser war?

Diversify until you're the best at nothing....but here's to hoping it'll be good.

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Funny I was just thinking the other day they might do this.

Here's some more speculation. Imagine if they offer a new protocol for registering domains. Similar to ICANN's policy of having valid data in the registration. You want to register a domain, fine. You need to give social for personal accounts (in America) and Fed ID# for corps. Similar idea outside the country with local ID numbers. Now if you want 5000 domains, fine. But your name will be on it. Interlink, it will be noticed.

Now a domain is vetted. This improves their crawler tremendously. As mentioned in this thread, such an idea would result in claims of bias/etc. Which is their right and one day they will give up the unbiased nature of their site I believe. But if they wanted to keep it unbiased, they could use the excuse that spam has overwhelmed the internet and this is a needed service. Then they can implement a "sign-in" protocol. It works automatically if you register with Google, other registrars can automatically (fee-based or even free) interface with the system. Now they can crawl the web with more power. If your registrar doesn't support the new protocol, you can obtain an ID by signing into their system, receiving a special file that you place into your web's root. Googlebot visits to compare the key, which proves you can access the root of a website and are therefore the owner.

The power this would give their crawlers is immense. And the more time goes on, the more I believe it will become necessary to vet domains. Some system like this will have to be put in place. If we think spam is a problem now, just wait. Spammers will overtake the SEs completely. How can you possible combat automated domain registration, automated sophisticated, interlinking sites with autogenerated content using dictionaries? You can create autogenerated sites far faster than real ones. How long will it take for there to be more autogenerated sites w/ unintelligble content than real ones?

SEs will have to combat this by vetting the sources one way or another. It's either that or they will be totally broken.

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Hello,

Some of these idol speculation threads are fun. My guess is that Google may simply want to be able to register domains for its blogger service users. They have a built in audience of people who may want their own domains.

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Getting closer and closer to a full-service portal type site, aren't they.
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Yea, I'm with jim2003. I bet you it will be innocent and just for blogger accounts. Remember, this will probably mean nothing big for search, and I wouldn't really be surprised if they only offered it to bloggers and gmailers. Selling domain names to the public is way to low-margin to start now.

Althought when I whois myself it would be sexy if it said Google :)

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If they can give away 1gb of storage for email, why not webspace as well? Free domain name, free storage, automatic adsense, even split adsense revenue with you automatically.

Geocities on steroids.

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It could be just to keep updated with ICANN rules & policy changes. They would automatically receive notifications.

It also gives them the kind of access to whois data that a non-resistrant does not have.

Sometimes I conduct job interviews with people from various companies just to find out more about the company.

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I will never registre my domain at a search engines, thats just to much info. I like the things to be a little spread.
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