Yep, Google bought G.me and it now forwards to Google+

Google adds another one letter domain name to its collection.

In May I wrote about how Google may have purchased the domain name G.me. The domain name was registered to Mark Monitor’s DNStinations, which often times registers domain names on behalf of the company.

Now it’s official: Google was the buyer.

The nameservers for the domain also point to Google.com now. Type g.me in your browser and you’ll be forwarded to the plus.google.com.

The domain name was previously a registry reserved domain name, which means Google probably bought it directly from the .me registry.

Google has acquired a number of other “g dot” domains, including g.co. Google uses g.co as a URL shortener.

Comments

  1. JP says

    I don’t really understand buys like this if just to forward to a third level domain. Seems unnecessary, they will probably mention to people that you can also go to “g.me” as a shortcut but I doubt it will get much advertising budget spent on it, and everyone will still go to plus.google.com or whatever they have been trained to do.

  2. Mr.T says

    JP, you’ve gotta think ahead :) A good way to put g.me to use is much like Facebook implemented facebook.com/username.

    Currently G+ has no system that makes it easy to remember the URL of member profiles. G.me/username could be one possible solution. It’s definitely easier to type than plus.google.com/username

    Then again, it could also be one of those “defensive” pickups :)

  3. says

    It could be an alternative way to say “friend me” … “G me”

    Claiming trademark rights on “friending” will be more difficult than claiming rights to “G me”

  4. Brian Chiyama says

    @ Andrew – I have seen the specimen but I still believe Google has a hand in this. A good example is Amazon’s A.Com . http://tarr.uspto.gov/servlet/tarr?regser=serial&entry=78765287
    I have been following these applications for a while , started as a mysterious company then suddenly the application was taken over by an Amazon Attorney, abandoned and paved way for the current Amazon’s A.COM trademark.
    http://tarr.uspto.gov/servlet/tarr?regser=serial&entry=78765319
    Same old tricks of going through MarkMonitor or private individuals .

  5. davito says

    It could be an
    alternative way to say
    “friend me” … “G me”
    Claiming trademark
    rights on “friending”
    will be more difficult
    than claiming rights to
    “G me”

    like seriously it’ll be cool

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