RT.Live Launched by Instagram Founders to Track COVID-19 Spread

According to a TechCrunch article published this afternoon, Instagram founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger have launched a project on RT.Live to track how quickly the COVID-19 pandemic is spreading in each US state. According to the website, Rt is “a key measure of how fast the virus is growing. It’s the average number of people who become infected by an infectious person.”

Whois records show that RT.Live was created on April 16th of this year. I looked up a few other 2 letter .Live domain names and found a similar name (RN.Live) that was unregistered but available to buy at GoDaddy for $99 with a renewal price of $249.99. My guess is RT.Live was purchased for around the same registration fee. I reached out to Matt Overman, Senior VP of Sales at Donuts, to see if he could confirm the sale price and/or whether it was a registry reserved premium name. If he replies to me with different information, I will update the article.

Interestingly, this is the second notable and news making website related to the COVID-19 pandemic that is using a .Live domain name for its website. nCoV2019.live was featured on Bloomberg’s Quick Take after 17 year old Avi Schiffmann, created “one of the largest coronavirus-tracking websites in the world.” 

For both of these websites, having the .Live domain name makes sense. Both websites are tracking the spread of the coronavirus in as “live” of a way as possible.

Elliot Silver
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  1. 1. Disclaimer: we are all flawed, imperfect and impure. Some more than others, however.

    2. I seek truth. I am no more a disciple or acolyte of the mainstream media propaganda machine on the “right” known as FOX or anyone associated with it as I am of the mainstream media propaganda machines on the neoliberal fake “left” known as CNN, MSNBC, etc.

    3. In the case of FOX, *sometimes* the guy called “Tucker” does good work and tells the truth, and sometimes FOX also lets him, even when it would seem to go against the normal FOX agenda. That is not an endorsement of everything he thinks, says or does.

    4. As a general rule, pursue more independent media and real “truth” journalism while we still can, and less mainstream media drip. Even there one has to be cautious, however, and keep in mind there is no such thing as a perfect or flawless “truth teller” in the same way there is no such thing as a perfect political candidate.

    5. In this case, it appears that Tucker has does some compelling good work worthy of attention and honest “investigation”:

    “MSM Takes Cues From China”

    “From the earliest days of the coronavirus outbreak, honest people who were paying attention noticed something odd about the epidemic. This mysterious new virus didn’t arise in the way you’d think it might, from some obscure, lightly-populated place — an African rainforest, or a remote Indian village. It came from the middle of a city of 11 million people, Wuhan, China. You may never have heard of Wuhan, but it was well known to researchers around the world as home to one of only a few dozen advanced, Level 4 biolabs on the planet.”


    I haven’t looked at his other work on the topic, some of which can be found here:


  2. The RT part of the name keeps throwing me for a loop considering all the different RT names and their association with the Russian govt. Is it just me?


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