Last night I was searching for available domain names at DirectNIC.com. I spent about 6 hours on the process when I came up with THE PERFECT DOMAIN NAME! And better yet, it WAS AVAILABLE! Boy was I happy! I could finally get to bed, call my business partners in the morning – throw the name out to them – get some pats on the back – and buy it!
So I make the call this morning…everyone agrees – GREAT NAME! I get out the company card, go to register the domain and BAM – it is taken. My face goes white as the blood rushes from my brain. I can’t believe it. This name has never been registered – it is not in the dictionary – and someone came up with the same name within 24 hours? Give me a break
So I call my partners and we come to the logical conclusion – DirectNIC must sell their search queries to companies overseas…So I call DirectNIC.
The phone is answered by a lady in customer service. She 100% denies that DirectNIC sells their search queries or a feed to their search queries. She told me “Some people out their, that are not real familiar with the Internet, think the Internet is out to get them.” I replied: “I am very familiar with the Internet…this is how I have made my living for the past eight yeras – and DirectNIC is not the Internet – it is a company that does business on the Internet.” She ended up insulting my intelligence a couple more times and then hung up on me.
For those of you interested in the domain name – it was to be verbeo.com. Look it up…look at the company it was registered to…and look at the date.
Make up your own mind to whether you think this was a coincidence – the odds are out of this world. So…the next time you are shopping for domain names – BEWARE!