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GoDaddy customers transfer more than 32,000 domains in 36 hours

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 30 Dec 2011 17:17 User comments (8)

GoDaddy customers transfer more than 32,000 domains in 36 hours The number of domains transferred away from GoDaddy yesterday as part of Move Your Domain Day may not have a long term effect on the company's bottom line, but it raise more than $64,000 for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Move Your Domain Day was a promotion by rival domain registrar NameCheap which resulted from GoDaddy's support for the dangerous anti-piracy bill SOPA. While its sponsors claim the bill is intended only to punish foreign owned or operated websites "dedicated to the theft of US property," it is actually a thinly veiled attempt to allow private companies and the US government to censor the Internet.

Not only did GoDaddy initially support SOPA, they went so far as to send a letter to the House of Representatives committee debating the bill a letter describing it as "thoughtful and comprehensive." When faced with a mass transfer of domain names to other registrars initially organized on Reddit, GoDaddy slowly backed away from that stance.

Although GoDaddy claimed to have dropped support for SOPA on December 23, it wasn't until four days later they made it official by withdrawing their letter from the House Judiciary Committee and had their name removed from its list of supporters.

NameCheap's promotion, promised domain name transfers below cost on December 29 and a $1 donation to the EFF for each one. Even before yesterday's promotion, GoDaddy had lost tens of thousands of domains.

GoDaddy customer service put a lot of effort into convincing upset customers not to switch during that time, but for obvious reasons many people weren't persuaded.

When the total number of transfers yesterday topped 25,000 yesterday, NameCheap CEO Richard Kirkendall doubled their donation to $2 per transfer. The promotion was also extended another 12 hours, ending at noon today.

More than 32,000 domains were transferred from GoDaddy in that period. Of course that just counts domains transferred to NameCheap. Other registrars have not announced figures and right now only GoDaddy and ICANN (the Internet registration authority) have the full figures.

GoDaddy finds themselves in a difficult position right now because of their status as a major hosting provider and the top domain name registrar in the world. It's even understandable that they wouldn't want to make themselves an even bigger target in case SOPA, or the slightly less horrible Senate version called PIPA, becomes law.

Still, there's a wide gulf between staying silent to protect yourself and taking a position directly opposed to the interests of your customers. They likely haven't made too many new allies by appearing not to care what their customers think until it after it hit their wallets.

Their apparent tone deafness seems particularly bizarre in light of their own problems caused by being on the wrong side of intellectual property law abuse.

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8 user comments

131.12.2011 10:15

Good everyone should keep jumping ship!

231.12.2011 12:38

PIPA...? WTF is PIPA? How did that one get past me & basically seem to (for all asinine reason) remain alive even though its wrapper sounds like an abortion that somehow got better. Seems to me SOPA turned out to be Green smoke & instead artillery was called in. If you don't get the euphemism, basically, four steps forward, two steps back. Or promises of a huge cancer operation when you only get a prostate exam. I suppose so you feel like you didn't screwed so hard.


331.12.2011 15:32

Originally posted by LordRuss:
PIPA...? WTF is PIPA? How did that one get past me & basically seem to (for all asinine reason) remain alive even though its wrapper sounds like an abortion that somehow got better. Seems to me SOPA turned out to be Green smoke & instead artillery was called in. If you don't get the euphemism, basically, four steps forward, two steps back. Or promises of a huge cancer operation when you only get a prostate exam. I suppose so you feel like you didn't screwed so hard.
PIPA is the Protect IP Act (PIPA for short).

431.12.2011 16:02

Originally posted by rtm27:
Originally posted by LordRuss:
PIPA...? WTF is PIPA? How did that one get past me & basically seem to (for all asinine reason) remain alive even though its wrapper sounds like an abortion that somehow got better. Seems to me SOPA turned out to be Green smoke & instead artillery was called in. If you don't get the euphemism, basically, four steps forward, two steps back. Or promises of a huge cancer operation when you only get a prostate exam. I suppose so you feel like you didn't screwed so hard.
PIPA is the Protect IP Act (PIPA for short).
OK, maybe that one didn't get past me. Between the military & politicians trying to play "widening my asshole" via the [if you don't know the questions to ask, we're not offering the information] game, all these acronyms are grossly running together.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 31 Dec 2011 @ 16:03

631.12.2011 19:04

Originally posted by rtm27:
PIPA.....SOPA.....MPAA.....RIAA.....FUBAR.....all basically meaning the same thing!!
And SNAFU... dont forget SNAFU!!

71.1.2012 10:56

Then there's BOHICA. Everyone from the age of high school graduate (basically voting age on) should pack there ass with steel wool & remember BOHICA...


85.1.2012 11:01

Almost makes me wish I had a go daddy domain to transfer. I've been using namecheap for a while now.


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