Osama bin Laden Domain Registrations by The Numbers
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011
Over 100 Osama bin Laden domains registered per hour.
Yesterday I wrote about how people were snapping up domain names related to Osama bin Laden and then trying to sell them on eBay. Although VeriSign’s Domain Tag Cloud showed that people were certainly registering a lot of them, I now have some concrete numbers.
GoDaddy, which registers about half of all new domain name registrations these days, registered 1,517 domain names related to Osama bin Laden in the 15 hours or so after the news broke. In April the domain name registrar only registered 92 domains related to the late terrorist leader.
As I wrote yesterday, I don’t see much value in these domain names. But I suppose it’s not like the distasteful registrations that follow natural disasters.