Owner tried to “extort” Twitter.
As Robin Wauters wrote today, Twitter has filed a UDRP against the owner of TwitterSearch.com.
With so many domain names out there including “twitter” in them, why has the company singled out this one? I know the answer.
It turns out the owner of the domain name has been trying to sell the domain name for some time. Back in August a Domain Name Wire reader caught wind that the owner was trying to sell the domain name and let me know about it. Apparently the owner of TwitterSearch.com claimed “Twitter will buy it for a few hundred thousand dollars.”
Someone also let Twitter know about the sales pitch. A Twitter representative wrote back:
…I’ve been in touch with these people, and they’re very interested in extorting us and not very interested in working with us. Please regard their emails as spam and feel free to let me know if you have any further concerns.
My reader opined “I am sure Twitter will take action against the owner of the domain in a UDRP.”
He was right. I suspect the registrant trying to “extort” twitter is why this UDRP was filed. Now the company will get the domain name for about $1,500 in UDRP fees. So this case doesn’t necessarily mean people with twitter in their domain names need to run for the hills — although I’d recommend being careful if your product is related to the service.