Graphic design marketplace 99 Designs has launched a new service called Swiftly, and smartly, they were able to acquire the Swiftly.com domain name prior to the launch.
Swiftly offers website owners the opportunity to work with graphic designers on small design changes at a relatively inexpensive price with a quick turn around. For instance, designers can make logo changes, banner edits, Powerpoint fixes, and other small design changes within 24 hours. I work with dependable designers, but sometimes they aren’t available when I need a quick update, and Swiftly appears to address this problem.
It appears that 99 Designs was able to acquire the Swiftly.com domain name sometime around April of 2013, although the domain name is currently registered at Name.com under privacy, so the registrant cannot be confirmed. Prior to April, the domain name had been owned by Telepathy, a company founded and operated by longtime domain investor Nat Cohen. Nat’s company has owned the domain name since 2001, and based on the creation date, he was either the original registrant or he picked it up on a drop back in 2001.
I reached out to Nat to ask for details about the transaction, and I haven’t heard back from him yet. I will update the post if Nat is able to offer information about the deal. My guess is that it is a private transaction that is subject to a non-disclosure agreement.
I don’t recall seeing this domain name listed for sale anywhere in the past.
Notable is that they don’t own swift.ly. Using swiftly.com is much better, but given how so many web companies are branding with .ly domains, it wouldn’t hurt to acquire it and forward it to swiftly.com.
“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”
Seems they don’t do anything with the domain anymore since it simply redirects to 99designs.