“Other than sheer luck, how do you know when a domain name like Facetime.com is transferred to another company?”
Although this question may have been more appropriate for DomainQuestions.com (hint, hint), I will answer it here because someone asked me this in response to my article about Apple’s acquisition of Facetime.com.
As I mentioned in my article, I can’t personally take credit for discovering the domain transfer, but my bet is that Mark was monitoring the domain name via the domain monitor tool at DomainTools. With the tool, you can monitor the domain status, a registrar change, expiration date changes, and nameserver changes.
Access to the tool is given to customers with a DomainTools account, even the free accounts. 100 domain names can be monitored if you have a free account, and up to 10,000 domain names can be monitored with the professional account level.
I believe I’ve written about this tool before, but it’s a great tool to use to keep your eye on important domain names, either for your own portfolio, to monitor competitors, or for voyeuristic reasons.
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