Bing (and Brave?) are squatting Goo*gle domains so I joined them
Playing with domain names is fun, especially when it comes to the likes of Google and the many variations with multiple o's in them. Find out what happens when you type the wrong number of o's in your URL bar.
- Did you know that http://gogle.com and http://gooogle.com both redirect to google.com?
- 🔍 Bing.com is squatting goo*gle.com with 21 o's - i.e. this url leads to Bing: http://gooooooooooooooooooooogle.com 🔍
- 🦁 Brave.com seems to be randomly selected as target goo*gle.com with 31 o's - i.e., this url leads to Brave from time to time: http://gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooogle.com (it also often redirects to changing parking pages). Really wondering what / who is behind this.
- 😱 The same screwed up fake news / bitcoin scam website is squatting no less than 7 of the goo*gle.com domains with 20 o's or less
- 📣 There remain 5 domains with less than 42 o's available for sale, at an average cost of €188.6 per o - the cheapest one is http://gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooogle.com (31 o's), priced at €551.35 on Namecheap (strangely enough this is the one squatted by Brave)
- 🥳 Somehow I was lucky enough to find out that the ones with 30 and 34 o's were actually available for €7.31 each - a discount of 1000x per o's compared to the average of other available domains
- 🔮 I haven't investigated what comes after 42 o's...nor decided what I will do with my new squatting places - probably some random coding art!
See below the full result of analysis (data is from Namecheap, except from 5 o's which cost comes from GoDaddy).
|Number of o's||Registered in||Cost (EUR)||Target|
|4||2002||Fake news site|
|5||-||4109.7||Fake news site|
|7||-||?||Fake news site|
|8||2002||Cool custom search engine|
|9||-||Fake news site|
|10||-||3987||Fake news site|
|15||2009||Fake news site|
|20||2012||Fake news site|
|30||2021||7.31||parking page (one I just bought)|
|31||-||551.35||brave.com (not always)|
|34||2021||7.31||parking page (one I just bought)|