First off, I want to be very clear in stating that I am ardently opposed to SOPA as it is currently written, and I think anyone who makes a living online should be opposed to SOPA right now. In fact, I met with a US Congressman a couple of weeks ago, and I told him that was the most important issue I wanted to discuss with him when we met.
That being said, I think some of the headlines about Go Daddy losing massive amounts of domain names and/or customers are borderline ridiculous. Take for example a headline that was on DrudgeReport.com yesterday, linking to the article at Techi.com. The article title was “GoDaddy lost 72,354 domains this week. It’s not enough.” The author appears to attribute this large loss of domain names to GoDaddy’s original support of SOPA, which it later retracted.
While 72,000 lost domain names in a week sounds like a huge number, especially when you take the revenue figure into consideration, it really isn’t all that significant when you look at previous weeks. According to DailyChanges.com, during the same week last year, Go Daddy lost over 86,000 domain names:
- 12/18 – 11,715
- 12/19 – 11,444
- 12/20 – 9,542
- 12/21 – 10,312
- 12/22 – 20,688
- 12/23 – 11,658
- 12/24 – 10,895
As Mike Berkens mentioned, you need to keep in mind that not everyone uses the DomainControl.com DNS, so these numbers may not entirely reflect the actual changes that have occurred. However, the same could be said about last year’s numbers as well.
I think it’s pretty appalling that GoDaddy would publicly support a bill that many technical and Internet experts say will cause major problems for companies that operate online, even if they did retract that support later. However, reports indicating a mass exodus of domain names at GoDaddy (or a widespread boycott) seem erroneous to me based on a historical look at the data that others are citing.