Domain registrar displays customers’ whois lookups for all to see.
Here’s an interesting new “feature” on Network Solutions’ web site: a list of domain name whois searches performed by customers in the past day.
That’s right. Do a whois lookup on Network Solutions and you can tip your hat to thousands of onlookers.
Think of all of the fun things you could do with this information:
…Figure out domains people are looking to buy and beat them to it
…Find out if a lawyer is looking up whois information, potentially to file a UDRP case
…Register alternative TLDs of the domains people are looking up…they’re obviously interesting domains
To make things easier, you can subscribe to the Network Solutions whois lookup RSS feed. You can also see a list of the most-searched whois records.
Ten bucks says the marketing team came up with this idea.