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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
Google is #895
And while the new ICANN rules on preventing outgoing transfers might have some bearing on this, the excuse "we know we didn't request the transfer because we're an ICANN-accredited registrar ourselves so that would be a quite ludicrous thing to do" probably would carry the battle in any dispute situation.
Bob Parsons, founder and president of GoDaddy.com, which will kick off a $19 million national marketing campaign in the first quarter of Sunday’s game.
“It’s not a gamble,” said Parsons, who is the sole stockholder in GoDaddy, an Internet domain registrar.
“We have been the leader in our market for three years,” he said. “If this year’s marketing budget does not produce one dollar in additional sales, we’ll still throw off $14 million in cash. I’ll still be supersizing it at McDonald’s.”
Getting closer and closer to a full-service portal type site, aren't they.
Is anyone ever so slightly nervous about this?
It will be interesting to watch G this next year…
I might be paranoid but methinks they are after the full list of zone files as well as access to whois data.The zone access to all the domains in com/net/org/biz/info/name etc is free. The Whois data is sold in bulk by some registrars and Google would well be able to afford it. However the quality of Whois data is not uniform and in some cases it is wrong.
Either that or they are going to try to snap some nice expired domains.
However to become a significant player in the domains registration market, Google would have to take over one of the smaller multi-million domains registrars or grow organically. The long term integration of domains/whois data from its registry operations with website acquisition and detection would improve Google's local search accuracy if it enforces the same kind of sign-up criteria that it uses with Google Adsense.
"Google has become a domain name registrar to learn more about the Internet's domain name system," a Google spokesperson said in a statement. "While we have no plans to register domains at this time, we believe this information can help us increase the quality of our search results."
In other words, they will add some sort of filter to the search results, perhaps based on location/country of registrant
They ALREADY have that with existing registrar agreements. So does Inktomi/Yahoo. They have had the zone files for years.
Even as a Registrar, they can not get to anything that isn't already public on the whois.
I suspect that Google pores over Yahoo's financials and will enter any business that Yahoo makes money in as well as determine any angles they can attack that Yahoo does not make money.
Yahoo has sold domains for years (although I never heard for sure if they are registrars or reselling).
Everything G$ does is about excess-market-profit (e.g., off-topic and affiliate AW ads allowed) and privacy invasion (e.g., G$ toolbar watching your every move), so I see this action as a means by which G$ seeks to gain more access to WHOIS contact info and to continue to manipulate their obviously-dishonest "natural" SERPs to not only blackmail sites into AW, but even to blackmail them into now also registering with G$.
In the same vein, maybe Y! and M$ should "sandbox" any site registered with G$! ;)
As for registrars, no idea. I'm willing to pay couple bucks more for a good interface. Registerfly works for me so why mess with something good?
I never used godaddy. Didn't they have some scandal recently in a long WW thread?
Anyway, back to the thread. I keep thinking that foremost in Google's mind is finding a way to vet domains and associate multiple domains with the owner. And that this is likely connected to the registrar idea.
Can you imagine if Google would offer a new program, telling all website owners, for $5.00 on your credit card, you can sign up for an account on Google. From there Google will give you a special file to add to your site (or even a line to add to your robots.txt). Through AVS they can verify you are one person. You can use that code on as many sites as you want. Then Google knows you control that site. If you do interlinking, it can reduce PR to your own sites. Prevent registering 5000 domains at a time. And give you a bump in the rankings if you're part of their program.
In the current environment when they keep trying to play unbiased, I don't see them doing this, but one day, yes. It could allow them to go back to PR again somewhat.
As a registrar, Google would be able to negotiate access to a centralized list of expiring and resold domains (known as the "batch pool"), and then know when to reset PageRank on a domain that has changed hands. The site would then have earn its position in Google's rankings, rather than inheriting the "Googlejuice" of the previous owner.
This could have a nasty effect on the value of domains for re-sale.
But, before anyone goes off the handle, read the whole article. It's an interesting piece of speculation. Keep in mind, it's only speculation at this point.
The real news is their access to the internal date of domains. Besides seeing domains that expire and transfer, they have the ability to spot networks much easier.
I was under the impression that Whois info was strictly for information, not other purposes. I'm surprised an organization like ICANN would accept a company like Google who has disobeyed that rule over time.