Why The ClintonEmail.com Story is Good for the Industry
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Why The ClintonEmail.com Story is Good for the Domain Industry


The unfolding story of Hillary Clinton’s emails, while Secretary of State, are proving to be a lesson in privacy and riveting the public to her story of personal use of electronically transmitted information. When Madam Ambassador Clinton became Sec. of State, she had a computer server placed in her home in Chappaqua , New York and started using @ClintonEmail.com addresses to make both personal and work related correspondence. While I don’t want to wade into the politically divisive issues on the topic, I can’t help but smile at the genius of those that advise her.

At issue are those things that we see as infringing on our freedoms and liberties. Does the NSA really store ALL transmitted information? It would appear not, since there would be records of Hillary’s emails that the political opposition could use to derail her Presidential aspirations.

With her placing a server in her home, she has made the claim that it is her private property and she can decide what to do with it. The statement, in my opinion, is a potential boon for the domain name industry. It brings international attention to the fact that Mrs. Clinton bought a domain name, set up a web server and connected to it in order to control what information she created and provided. She managed a domain name and in doing so, controlled her virtual destiny. While the media and public pay attention to this unfolding story, they will learn why a domain name and server are so important to any individual’s privacy and property.

Could domain names now become chic? Hillary might have just done for domain names what our industry has been trying to do for years; make them emotional and trendy.

About The Contributor: Michael Castello is the CEO and President of Castello Cities Internet Network, Inc. who is solely responsibly for its contents CCIN owns, manages and develops some of the most recognized Geo and Generic domain name brands in the world including PalmSprings.com, Nashville.com, Manicure.com and Traveler.com. He is also the owner of Daycare.com which he and his wife Sheri founded in 1997. In 2014 Michael sold Whisky.com for $3.1 million which is the 24th largest domain name sale in history. Michael has spoken internationally at many conferences including TRAFFIC, Borrell Advertising Conference, GEO Domain Expo and the Internet Marketing & Domaining Conference in Punta del Este Uruguay among others. He was inducted into the Targeted TRAFFIC Hall of Fame in 2009 and Geo Domain Hall of Fame 2010. Michael was on the Board of Director for both Associated Cities and Geo Publishers and has been an active member of ICANN’s Business Users Constituency since 2009.

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Comments (6)


    And like always the domainer feeding frenzy begins LOL

    Creation Date: 2015-03-03

    March 12th, 2015 at 11:43 am


    The NSA would not say if they did, I will bet you they do though. You can pay me in hypothetical cash.

    I own a domain that is very similar to a banks and I get wrongly addressed emails frequently with absolutely everything about mortgage applicants included. The type of mortgages are for high end international clients, 7 figures. I do not want to put ideas in anyone’s head but it is a good thing I am not a fraudster.

    Now the reason I mention the above is, I guarantee if you had set up clintonsemail.com and clintonemails.com you would receive some typo information over the years.

    There are more people than just Clinton that have used private emails yet this story is being dragged out. The US election cycle is a pantomime of epic proportions.

    March 12th, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Michael Carter

    subterfuge and semantics. The Clintons are the best.

    March 12th, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Server at Home

    Beautiful post: smart, perfect analysis (I always knew it: whisky makes you smarter :).

    Now domain investors should think how they can exploit this news.

    But they will not do it: they will fail as always, because they not even have an association, they never did one single strike for instance (ritiring for example all their domains from parking platforms for 1 week: imagine CPC on search engines how it would skyrocket…).

    No, they will not exploit this WONDERFUL opportunity.

    As always.

    March 12th, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Claude Dauman

    Brilliant article Michael.

    It is so important for the general public to realize how easy it is for them to have a personalized email/website address and virtual or dedicated server, for that matter.

    We will see some very big changes online in the next 20 years, as more people attempt to regain their privacy. By taking control of our virtual worlds and not relying on public transportation (Gmail, Facebook, etc.), we will be empowering ourselves.

    I agree that this political event can potentially have a positive effect in educating and informing the public, of the fact, that we do have options.

    March 13th, 2015 at 2:00 am

    Yukon Dave

    I agree it was a great idea, but I think it shows her real power.

    Are emails of the Secretary of State records? Yes. (Federal Records Act of 1950)
    Does the US Government have laws dealing with E Mail? Yes (FRA in 1995)
    Was Secretary of State Clinton in violation of those laws? Yes
    Does it matter if she kept them secure? No
    Did Ms. Clinton turn over any emails from the day she flew to Libya? No
    Can the government seize the servers and backups legally? Yes
    Should she be prosecuted like Snowden or Asange for taking state emails the destroying them?

    US Department of State Foreign Affairs Manual Volume 5 Information Management
    5 FAM 443

    Here is the Federal Records Act, passed in 1950: The head of each Federal agency shall make and preserve records containing adequate and proper documentation of the organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures, and essential transactions of the agency and designed to furnish the information necessary to protect the legal and financial rights of the Government and of persons directly affected by the agency’s activities. (44 U.S. Code § 3101)

    March 28th, 2015 at 3:47 pm

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