Facebook Prevails In Domain Dispute

    October 1, 2007

I can see how a typo could lead a person to visit Facenook, or perhaps Racebook, on their way to a certain social networking site.  But now Facebook has won a dispute involving Face-book, which was formerly owned by a company known as YOLAPT.

Facebook’s actions may have been entirely unnecessary – the “dash” key is relatively out of the way, making Face-book an unlikely destination.  Also, what you’ll find at Face-book.com (for the time being) isn’t much like the well-known social network; while the homepage looks less sleazy than it sounds (it’s all text), there are categories concerning “Russian Brides” and “Older Women.”

Meh.  YOLAPT, which is based on the Isle of Man, may not have cared either way; the Register’s Chris Williams reports, “The Manx company did not respond to the challenge.”

Lest YOLAPT look sneaky, though, realize that “Manx outfit YOLAPT registered the domain on 3 October 2004, several months after Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg launched thefacebook.com, but while it was still only available to a few US colleges,” according to Williams.

Anyway, this appears to be yet another example of something going well for Facebook.  And since it is rather surprising that the company would tend to this small matter, one has to wonder if Facebook’s preparing for something special.