General Domain Information

CIRA Hiring General Manager of .CA

Adam Eisner, General Manager of Registry Services at the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), posted a job opportunity that might be of interest to someone who has domain name industry experience and expertise. CIRA is looking to hire a General Manager for the .CA extension:

The job opportunity is listed on the Career page within the CIRA website, and it refers people to Keynote Search, the executive search company managing the hiring process. Here’s an excerpt from the job listing describing the GM role:

“Based in Ottawa, and reporting directly to the President & CEO, the General Manager of .CA, will be responsible for managing all aspects of daily operations and business development within the .CA business unit.

As a General Manager, you will rely on your leadership skills and superior business acumen to create new strategies to grow the business through customer acquisition and marketing innovation while strengthening internal processes, systems, and overall operations. It is also highly critical in this role that you prioritize being actively present within the business unit, building a roadmap to enhance innovation and revenue growth, reflective of the CIRA mandate.”

The person hired for this role will become a part of the CIRA Executive Leadership Team.

I am not sure if domain industry experience is a requirement for this role, but a “[s]trong understanding of domain services” is listed under the skills and experience section of the job listing.

The .CA extension is quite prominent in Canada, and this leadership opportunity might be a good fit for someone who has extensive domain industry experience.

Automattic Hiring Portfolio Manager for .Blog Domain Names

Automattic, the company that operates the WordPress platform, also operates the .Blog domain name extension. According to nTLDStats.com, there are just over 200,000 .Blog domain names registered. I want to share a domain name-related job listed posted by Automattic that I saw on LinkedIn this morning. Automattic is looking to hire a Premium Portfolio Manager for its .Blog extension.

Here’s a brief description of the job opportunity extracted from the help wanted post:

Loser.com Now Forwards to Vladimir Putin Wikipedia Page

Loser.com is an infamous domain name that has been used many times for forwarding. In the past, Loser.com has forwarded to Donald Trump’s Wikipedia page, Kanye West’s Wikipedia page, a Republican Voters Against Trump video, and quite a few other websites and landing pages over the years.

It looks like there’s a new redirect on Loser.com. If you visit Loser.com, you will land on the Wikipedia page for Russia President Vladimir Putin. I am not sure how long Loser.com has been redirecting to this Wikipedia page, but I presume it was recently done in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Loser.com is one of the most infamous domain names. So much so, it has its own Wikipedia page chronicling its’ history and usage over the years. Loser.com is registered under Whois privacy, so I do not know the current registrant behind the forwarding.

Video: Founder of Awning Discusses Venture.com

In the video testimonial below, Shri Ganeshram, founder of Awning, discussed the benefit of his company’s Awning.com domain name. In particular, Shri mentions the credibility that is earned by the brand for having a premium domain name like Awning.com.

A Whois search shows that Awning.com has been registered under Whois privacy at Uniregistry for quite some time. This is likely because Awning doesn’t actually own Awning.com. Instead, the company leases it via Venture.com. Instead of having to spend a significant sum of money to acquire the domain name, the company is able to pay a monthly fee to lease the domain name.

According to Crunchbase, Awning has raised more than $9.3 million in funding. Shri mentions that the company was not hampered in its fundraising by leasing the domain name rather than owning it.

Thanks to Steven Sacks for sharing the video.

Network Solutions Proxy Emails Not Being Sent to Registrants

In order to email a domain registrant who has Whois privacy enabled at Network Solutions, people now need to send a message via the contact form found on the Network Solutions Whois search page. I learned this when I sent a follow-up email to a Network Solutions privacy proxy email address.

In September of last year, I tried to buy a domain name that is registered at Network Solutions. I sent an email to the domain registrant using the unique @networksolutionsprivateregistration.com email address. I did not receive a response. Yesterday, I sent a follow-up email using the current @networksolutionsprivateregistration.com email address, and I received an immediate auto-reply from the no-reply@networksolutionsprivateregistration.com email address notifying me of the change:

“To reach a domain contact about a privacy protected domain name, please search for the domain name on the WHOIS page and submit your message through the domain contact request form at the bottom of the results page. This process protects the privacy of the domain name holders in the WHOIS system.

Best Regards,
Network Solutions Customer Support Team”

I don’t recall ever running into this before, and a search of my email history for this type of email did not yield any results.

Network Solutions is not the only domain registrar that requires people to use a contact form to contact domain registrants using Whois privacy. In fact, I believe several registrars like Google and Tucows also have similar messaging when an email is sent to a Whois privacy email address.

When you visit the Network Solutions Whois contact form, there are two ways to reach out to make an offer for a domain name. On the right side, there is a link to use their “Certified Offer Service” to make an offer with the assistance of a broker. At the bottom of the page, there is a button to “Send a Message” to the registrant. Clicking this will produce a form with a drop down menu that has 3 short message options along with a message field.

Downside of Tweeting

If it wasn’t for this blog, I probably wouldn’t have much of a presence on Twitter. I would probably use my account to follow various accounts of interest – domain names, investing, news, sports…etc. I most likely wouldn’t spend time communicating via Twitter like I do now.

Because of my blog and Embrace.com, I spend a fair amount of time tweeting about domain names. Many of these tweets highlight notable domain name sales and domain name acquisitions. Not only do the tweets drive some traffic to my website, but they also help build the Embrace.com brand.

When I inquire about buying a domain name, I do so using my real name with my real contact information. Being transparent can help establish trust, and that is crucial in a negotiation. While some people may opt to not sell a domain name to a domain investor, I would rather a counter party know why I am buying a domain name rather than think I am a major corporation with unlimited funding.

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