I had a rare Twitter username, @N. Yep, just one letter. I've been offered as much as $US50,000 for it. People have tried to steal it. Password reset instructions are a regular sight in my email inbox. As of today, I no longer control @N. I was extorted into giving it up.
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Because the Super Bowl brings out the sleaziest in GoDaddy (no small feat!), its commercial is always water cooler fodder the Monday after Super Bowl. So get this: supermodel Bar Refaeli making out with uber-nerd Jesse Heiman because that sells websites.
If you watched this year's Super Bowl, you probably noticed one thing: Madonna looks good for a 53-year-old. Oh, and also, the commercials sucked. Screw Brady and Manning, where the heck is the creativity, ad people? You guys are boring me. I need something more than King Elton John and moonwalking dogs.
If you own a website, it's probably a good idea to renew your domain name right now. In fact, it's probably a good idea to renew your domain name for as long as is fiscally responsible for you. Three years? Five years? Whatever, go do it! We don't want your website ending up like The Bay Citizen, which currently routes to an embarrassing GoDaddy landing page.
It's about .co domain names! It has girls in it! Danica Patrick! Jillian Michaels! Bodypaint! And... it predictably teases you into going to GoDaddy's website to "see more". Oh yeah, and it predictably sucks.
It's been a rough holiday for GoDaddy. First the domain registrars were outed for supporting that vile SOPA bill. Then, after an online uprising, they said they no longer supported it, but weren't quite against it. But as of yesterday, GoDaddy has finally, officially declared its full opposition to the internet-killing legislation.
When the internet gets upset about something, it doesn't sulk alone in IRC, a single felt-pen tear static on its cheek. No, it goes all-out. At the moment, it has GoDaddy in its sights, and with Jimmy Wales's decision to find a new, non-GoDaddy home for Wikipedia, the internet has just fired one of its bigger weapons at the under-siege registrar.
GoDaddy CEO Warren Adelman has had his job for a week. Not exactly a great week to start! But I chatted with the guy for his take on the company's SOPA surrender. Is he against SOPA? No.
GoDaddy, proud supporter of internet censorship bill SOPA, has responded to those questioning its motives. Surprise! They're bullshit, just like the rest of the company.
Regardless of your feelings about GoDaddy's moral standing, its service is frustrating and restrictive. If you're sick of paying for crappy hosting and want to jump ship, here's how to leave GoDaddy behind for one of many better web hosts on the net.
If you're a big game hunting blowhard like GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons, you don't start with elephants. Nay, his superb skills were actually honed over the years. In 2009 he hunted a leopard, you see. And it bit him.
The Washington Post is reporting that GoDaddy, the biggest domain name registrar on the planet, will soon stop registering domain names in China. Their announcement comes in the midst of Google closing their Chinese search engine, though GoDaddy says their decision is specifically a response to "new government rules that require applicants to provide extensive personal data, including photographs of themselves." Yes, that is a bit creepy.