GoDaddy has acquired more two letter .com domain names.
I noticed a Whois change this morning on HU.com. The domain name moved from the Esqwire.com escrow account (the law firm of Ari Goldberger and Jason Schaeffer), and the domain name is now registered to NameFind, the portfolio company owned by GoDaddy.
After doing a bit of searching, I noticed that HU.com had been used by Centralnic to sell third level domain names (such as Example.HU.com). When I did a subsequent search for the HU.com domain name, I saw the Domain Name Wire article about Centralnic’s decision to sunset some of its third level domain name offerings. The article mentioned 8 LL .com domain names that were included in this decision, so I did Whois searches on those 8 domain names.
Here is the current ownership information:
- AR.com – NameFind
- GB.com – Centralnic
- HU.com – NameFind
- KR.com – NameFind
- QC.com – NameFind
- NO.com – Registered under Whois privacy
- SE.com – Registered under Whois privacy
- UY.com – NameFind
Based on a bit of quickly done research, it looks like GoDaddy’s NameFind acquired 5 two letter .com domain names that had been operated by Centralnic. It appears that two others are now privately registered and a third domain name is registered to Centralnic as of the time of publication. I am not sure if those domain names were wholly owned by Centralnic or other entities.
I reached out to GoDaddy VP Paul Nicks to ask if he can confirm the acquisition. He told me, “NameFind purchased several 2-ltr .coms last year, but I can’t disclose the seller.” I presume that is in reference to the domain names listed above.
I wonder if the acquisition amount was noted in a prior quarterly report, although it might be included with other acquisitions the company made.
If I learn more, I will share what I find.