— GoDaddy Auctions (@godaddyauctions) June 16, 2014
I saw this GoDaddy tweet, which I embedded above and was curious if you’ve ever tried to sell a domain name via Twitter. If so, were your efforts successful? I have never used Twitter as a medium to sell domain names, and there are several reasons for this:
- Don’t want to risk that my account is reported for spamming
- Don’t want to make a private negotiation public
- Concern over the potential buyer calling me out for trying to sell a domain name via Twitter
- My tweet could get lost amongst other tweets sent to the company
- Could be annoying to tweet and email someone
- Social media point person may not have any domain buying authority.
It is a bit annoying when people tweet at me to try and sell me a domain name. Perhaps this is related to the quality of the domain names people have been pitching to me over Twitter, but for whatever reason, I have never been receptive to inquiries directed at me. I find it strange when someone will fire off 10+ tweets in a row trying to sell the domain name to other people. Generally, I won’t even reply because I don’t want to risk offending someone about their domain name, and I also don’t want to field follow up questions either. Sometimes it is easier to ignore than engage.
What GoDaddy is doing in this instance might be effective because the company is well known and respected, and it is hand selecting a prospect that would likely have more interest than others, especially because of the prospect’s .CO connection (Tech Cocktail article reference). On the other hand, the person running the social media channel for the prospect may not have anything to do with the domain name buying decision or branding. I guess we can all follow the auction and see if someone bids on it, and if so, we can see who ends up with the name.
Have you ever tried to sell a domain name via Twitter? Did your effort pay off or open a channel of communication?