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Mark Zuckerberg Email (Allegedly): TheFacebook.com “Clearly Not a Premium Quality Domain”

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Facebook.Although many people initially brushed off the lawsuit filed by Paul Ceglia against Facebook, some emails allegedly from Mark Zuckerberg have been published that may bolster Ceglia’s legal case. These emails are being covered by a plethora of tech news blogs this morning.

Personally, I don’t have much interest in following this lawsuit, although there is one thing that is interesting for me to read. In one of the alleged Zuckerberg emails posted on CNet, Zuckerberg discussed the domain names that were available for the fledgling website to use:

both original names >facebook.com and pagebook.com are unavailable, so there is no actual domain name either. thefacebook.com and thepagebook.com are both available but are clearly not a premium quality domain as they are much harder to remember.

It’s interesting to read the domain aspect of this case if these alleged Mark Zuckerberg emails are real. As you know by now, the company went forward with TheFacebook.com and eventually acquired Facebook.com after the site launched. The subsequent emails, where they decided on using TheFacebook.com, would have made for an interesting read, too.

I didn’t know it was almost called PageBook.com.

Thanks to George Kirikos for the tip.


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Comments (3)

    Hal Meyer

    That one email exchange doesn’t seem like much of a smoking gun.

    The way the Winklevoss claim was reported in the news is also puzzling. News reports said Zuckerberg was accused of “stealing the idea” for Facebook from the Winklevoss twins.

    Hello!? That sounds incredibly hollow on its face. Shame on dastardly thoughts and deeds –but nobody can “steal and idea” because ideas don’t belong to anyone.

    Now, when an idea is reduced to practice such as in the form of a patent, or it is protected by copyright, trademark, or trade secret, that is a different story.

    I believe the Winklevoss situation was about a contract, whether it existed or not and whether it was breached. Please correct me if I am wrong.

    April 12th, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Elliot Silver

    @ Hal

    Not sure, but that section of was the only aspect of the case that interested me.

    April 12th, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Jeff Schneider

    It is very clear to us that there are much better names, such as ours, available on the secondary markets. A well Branded name can mean the difference between success and failure.

    When will Business Owners finally figure this out ?

    Gratefully, Jeff Schneider (Contact Group) (Metal Tiger)

    April 12th, 2011 at 2:27 pm

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