There was a storm brewing this past week regarding a tactic Network Solutions, a domain registrar, uses when someone searches for an available domain name. Seems that when a search is performed, Network Solutions automatically reserves the name to “protect the customer.” The name is then kept on hold by Network Solutions for four days and can only be purchased by the customer who searched and can only be purchased at Network Solutions.
It’s important to be aware of this tactic. Who knows how long it will last and how long we will need to be “protected” by Network Solutions. The key is to be knowledgeable. Here are a some comments from around the ‘net to pay attention to along with Network Solution’s response. (Note: Some of the language on these sites is a bit strong so if you’re easily offended, don’t visit.)
– Ars Technica
– The Next Web
– Waters Web Hosting
– Tribble Ad Agency
– Network Solutions Response
What do you think about this practice? Leave me a comment.