Google And 520 Domain Names

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The list of domain names owned by the Googleplex consists of the expected, the unexpected, and the gmmgjd too.

Nope, that’s not a typo. On Neil Patel’s list of domain names owned by Google, gmmgjd appears five times in the list. An acronym with a top-secret meaning? An odd misspelling of Google?

Who knows? But there are a lot of domains owned by the Big G. As the Guardian Unlimited blog demonstrated, there are at least a trio of reasons for some of the registrations (sorry, had to leave out the examples to keep spam filters happy):

Some of these are related to the things Google has boughtsome are misspellingsand some are defensive pre-emptions.

The defensive preemptions keep anti-Google types and others from registering certain unflattering, and occasionally profane, domain names with Google in the mix. Misspellings were a commonly used tactic by adult site owners who would redirect unsuspecting web users with poor spelling skills to their sites.

Not all of the domains listed by Patel return Google information, or even that of its favorite registrar, Mark Monitor, in Whois lookups. Vertiablebevy.com, for example, returns an individual’s name as the registrant.

Others like eperfumez.com simply redirect visitors to Google’s main page at google.com. Someone at Google may be an Om Malik fan, as gigagoogle.com/.net/.org have all been registered.

We don’t particularly expect to see Google4MP3.com launch anytime soon. Besides, there’s already the G2P site running online, not owned by Google, and Google probably would rather not provoke the RIAA on music issues.


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David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.

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