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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
They will no doubt be using the "insider information" somehow to determine people setting up their own mini-sites and sites of that sort.
Its probably a good way to get rid of spammers, and blackhat SEO's and a great way to increase profits to their adwords/adsense programs....
Cleaner the organic search results, the more profits from advertisers...Win///Win....?
Whois is a huge database, changing rapidly.
How good are whois info services today? How good could it be if Google attacked it to "organize it"?
What else is it used for? Finding new domain names. How good are "find a new domain name" services today? Ho wgood could they be if Google "organized" it?
Of course they will eat their own dogfood as well.
I expect to hear of a Google credit bureau eventually.
Another revenue stream capitlaising on things they're already good at, specifically distributing huge amounts of content efficiently and reliably.
I mena, given the bandwidth toll Google search racks up daily, they have an impressive uptime record. Apply their distributed load server technology to the hosting business, and you have a winner.
They can get into the hosting market cheap. They already have the data centers, they already have the big pipes going into the data centers. They have some of the best geeks on the planet who are good at keeping everything running.
Hosting domains should be dead easy for them. It's a pure revenue proposition for the first year, at least. They could ad 100,000 small business and personal sites in a year without even touching their badnwidth margins or storage capacity margins.
Ethical questions aside, it's smart business. And since the IPO, that's what it's all about. Business.
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