Clint Boulton runs with Domain Name Wire speculation and digs for the facts.
Citing Domain Name Wire’s speculation of a possible Google acquisition of GoDaddy, eWEEK writer Clint Boulton chased down Bob Parsons and a few analysts to vet the theory.
In Boulton’s article, Google-GoDaddy Marriage on Tap?, Parsons alludes to an expanding relationship with Google:
When asked whether Google and GoDaddy are working on expanding their existing relationship or discussing a union, GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons told eWEEK August 27: “I have no comment on that, but I’d like to.”
Parsons noted that GoDaddy remains the “back end for the Google Apps for Your Domains” offering. Moreover, Parsons said GoDaddy provides Google AdWords opportunities to millions of customers, as well as “tools they can use to optimize their Web sites for Google.”
Asked if Google and GoDaddy are making a lot of money from this practice, Parsons said, “I know Google likes it.”
Although Parsons talked, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) wouldn’t take the bait, instead only responding with a generic statement about the value of partnerships.
GoDaddy is the world’s largest registrar, with about 20 million domain names under management. It has filed for dozens of patents covering everything from helping an entrepreneur launch a business to VoIP to email management. It also filed for a patent that is right up Google’s alley: presenting search results based in part on the reputation of the domain name and its owner.