Salesforce registers over 100 subdomain typos

Salesforce registers .com domains corresponding to each of its instances.

When you log in to, you land on an instance, which is a subdomain of As explained here, if you arrive from North America, your browser might load

Other subdomains include AP# for Asia Pacific, EU# for Europe and CS# for the sandbox environment.

You can see a full list of the instances and corresponding subdomain identifiers here.

Yesterday, Salesforce registered over a hundred “typos” corresponding to each of these instances. For example, for and for

I don’t currently use Salesforce, and I’m not sure if people end up going directly to one of these instances through bookmarks. That would be a good reason for Salesforce to snag these domains. Another might be to cut down on phishing attacks. sells domain name to startup

After shutting down service that used, company sells domain name to startup.

Do.comIt appears has sold the domain name to Redo, Inc., parent company of meeting productive application

If you go to today, it will forward to where you can sign up for a beta of the service. It appears that the San Francisco startup is just getting off the ground.

On July 3 or 4, the domain name’s whois record changed from at Network Solutions to whois privacy at Hover. used the domain name for a social team management application that it shuttered at the end of last year.

When Salesforce launched, it was heralded as an attempt to move in on Microsoft’s stronghold of the collaboration space.

There’s a bit of irony in that initial move. Microsoft owned the domain name for many years. In 2011 it apparently offered it for sale or was convinced to sell it. The domain name transferred from Microsoft to Marksmen (which brokers domains and buys them on behalf of clients) and then to I wonder if Microsoft knew it was selling the domain name to to launch a competitive service? is known for using great domain names for its services, including, and

27 end user domain sales, including a buy from the seller

A report on 27 end user domain name sales made last week.

This week’s end user domain sales report includes a small purchase by the company that sold from for $4.5 million.


New York City bakery City Cakes shortened its domain from to for $2,500.

Solid Industries & Machine Shop Ltd. in Alberta, Canada bought for $1,788. It already owns the net version.

Harry Caray’s Restaurant in Chicago bought for $1,277. The restaurant includes a section called the Chicago Sports Museum.

The Best Battery Co., Inc. in Baltimore dropped the “the” from its domain name, picking up for $5,500.

Premium Sales Network, which owns the matching .com domain, bought for $1,850.

Mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Telecom Service Bureau bought for $4,088. That’s a smart buy.

Hotel pillows and bedding company Pacific Pillows, which previously bought for $10,000, paid $8,000 for

Local project “kickstarter” site Neighborland, Inc. decided it needed to protect the British spelling. It bought for $1,595.

Oxbow Corporation owns but also picked up for $2,852.

New York developer Woodstone Development, LLC bought for $1,617.

Resources for Infant Educarers bought for $1,088.

This was a much-needed purchase. Solutioni Design LTD owns but dropped the hyphen with for $1,800.

The Code Project, owner of, paid $2,388 for

Cyber security company Wombat Security Technologies, Inc. bought for $1,088.

UK equestrian site bought for $1,200. That’s a great buy for the company.

The owner of bought the equivalent .com for $2,400.

The owner of shortened its URL to for $3,815.

Merrick Bank bought for $2,400 and for $2,300.


UK dating company Adaptation Dating bought the certainly NSFW domain for $1,000.

Scan Computers Intl Ltd, owner of, bought for $900.

e-cigarette company Vapor Masters already owns It went up the ladder to for $1,250.

The owner of dropped the hyphen for $2,100.

Remember UBM? They’re the company that sold to for $4.5 million. Well, they put a small amount of that money back to work by buying for $2,500.

The Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions, which uses the web address, bought for $999.

Business telecom company Excite Telecom Inc, which recently paid $4,500 for, added for $3,230. That’s a high number for a .biz.

Reading and writing teaching method site Secret Stories, which uses, bought for $1,750. buys domain name

Another confirmation that bought domain name.

In March I put together a fairly convincing argument that had purchased

Now we have another good confirmation: the nameservers on have changed to Here are the nameservers currently on the domain name:

In March I wrote about how all signs pointed to Salesforce having purchased the domain name. The whois record and brand protection company to whom the domain was registered was the same as, which recently purchased. had also been listed in a Moniker auction, and Salesforce has purchased multiple names through Moniker including

I happened to check the nameservers today when I noticed that acquired another domain,, using the same brand protection service.

Will be for Salesforce’s push into the human resources market? We’ll have to see. can’t force owner of to hand over domain loses dispute over domain name at National Arbitration Forum. has lost an attempt to get the domain name, which it said was similar to its domain name.

The registrant’s predecessor had registered the domain name before started using the domain name. As Elliot Silver pointed out when the case was filed, the domain name also had a page about the armed forces.

A three member National Arbitration Forum panel found that the domain name was not confusingly similar to a mark in which had rights. owner Internet Venture Holdings, Inc. was represented by John Berryhill.

I find this UDRP filing rather interesting since the company is savvy about the value of generic domain names. It purchased for $4.5 million and also owns (the sales price on was likely at least $2.6 million since a party bought it at auction for that much). CEO Marc Benioff even sold the domain name

For a company savvy about great generic domain names, why would it take this approach for