Patent describes way to announce your latest domain name registration.
Last year I wrote about Go Daddy’s patent applications related to announcing a domain name registration on a social network.
Today the United States Patent and Trademark office granted the domain name registrar a patent for “announcing a domain name registration on a social website”.
U.S. patent number 8,276,057 (pdf) describes a way in which a domain name registrar account could be connected to a social network such as Facebook. After a user registered domain name, the user could set a delay period before which an announcement about the registration would be made on the social network. The system could also track traffic driven by the social network posting.
The patent says the purpose of this announcement could be to drive traffic to a newly created web site or even a parked page. (Of course, driving traffic by this way to a parked page would be frowned upon by domain parking companies.)