The Parler social platform has been in the news quite a bit lately because many of President Donald Trump’s biggest supporters have either moved their social media presence to Parler or have added accounts there. Under pressure from various service providers, the Parler.com domain name recently transferred to Epik. It is unclear what other services, beyond domain registration, Epik is providing to Parler, if any.
I received a bunch of emails over the weekend asking me about my last post forwarding to a non-working domain name – ClownPenis.Fart. If you aren’t familiar, ClownPenis.Fart was the humorous domain name in an old Saturday Night Live skit. No – my blog was not hacked. I posted an update on Twitter but should have posted one here, too, since many people aren’t active on Twitter:
I received several emails about my article forwarding to ClownPenis.Fart. Yes, this is intentional. It became apparent that Chad was trolling domain investors with his “fund,” so I decided to have a bit of fun in return. Here’s more about ClownPenis.Fart: https://t.co/hViKIBU7DT
— Elliot Silver (@DInvesting) January 18, 2021
Chad Hurley is the co-founder and former CEO of YouTube, which was acquired by Google for $1.65 billion. I understand that Chad is now an angel investor, and he also has ownership stakes in the Golden State Warriors (NBA) and the Los Angeles Football Club (MLS).
In the last couple of days, Chad made some interesting comments about domain names on Twitter (with additional comments in the replies):
Kevin McKim shared the sad news that domain investor John Yeomans reportedly passed away:
So, so, sad to hear of the passing of our old time domainer friend John Yeomans, Johnny ‘Net’ (3rd) on rt. He sold a lot of .nets. We’ve often wondered where he was as he went dark a few years ago. 😥 RIP Johnny! #domainer #domains pic.twitter.com/KasotMvOos
— Kevin McKim (@KevinMcKim) January 16, 2021
I was chatting with a business friend yesterday, and I mentioned one of the domain names I recently acquired in the context of the number of registrations with the keyword. He mentioned DotDB.com, and I generally use DomainTools for that type of search, but that is taking things off topic a bit. When I mentioned the domain name to him, he remarked that it was not resolving anywhere. I had a look and confirmed what he was saying. Yikes.
Country domain names are quite valuable, and when they change hands, they can often command well into the six or seven figures, depending on the country. According to a report in North.Wales, the Wales.com domain name was acquired by the Welsh government for just £100,000 in March of 2008. The information was reportedly acquired via a Freedom of Information request. Wales.com is a website that is operated by the government of Wales, and it has information for tourists, businesses, and locals who live in Wales.