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Could FB.CO be The Next Facebook Domain Name Acquisition Confirmation?

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Facebook .CO Domain Registry

Earlier this afternoon, I speculated that FB.com could possibly be used by Facebook for the expected launch of the Facebook mail client/platform next week.  About an hour ago, Andrew Allemann published an article that confirmed Facebook was the buyer of FB.com after a Whois update.

I am now going to take a guess that Facebook may have acquired or worked out a deal for FB.CO from the .CO Registry. This is more of guess than was the FB.com purchase since the Whois still maintains the default “Restricted and Reserved names .COInternet”, but here’s why I am speculating:

If you visit FB.CO right now, you’ll see a MediaTemple server default page. If you visit many other 2 letter .CO domain names, they don’t resolve to anything. Strange that this appears to be pending set up but the other names don’t have any DNS settings at all.

Just before the O.CO acquisition for $350,00 by Overstock was announced, I had been looking at one letter .CO domain names to see if I noticed anything. As I recall, the e.CO domain name had a page announcing the upcoming auction, but just about every other domain name didn’t resolve… except for O.CO.  That name had a Media Temple server default page.

So… will Facebook or the .CO Registry have an announcement about FB.CO on Monday?  If Facebook did acquire FB.CO in addition to FB.com, did they do it for protective measures or to do something different?  Monday is going to be a very interesting day,


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Comments (6)

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    Good eye Elliot and on both things!

    November 13th, 2010 at 12:12 am

    Josh

    If this is so, it’s sad. Absolutely no reason or need for it. In fact they didn’t need fb.com either, its pure vanity.

    These are certainly different times and our economic situation is reflective of it. Just because you have the money doesnt mean yous hould spend it, especially on something that isn’t helping your bottom line.

    November 13th, 2010 at 12:17 am

    David

    Elliot,
    I noticed tonight that godaddy may be pushing .co big time. It looks like where it says “Search for a New Domain” on godaddy’s homepage, that .co has defaulted instead of .com. May want to do a post on that. Thats big news if its true….
    David

    November 13th, 2010 at 12:21 am

    Js

    Great observation and am sure you are right with thishunch. Send the story to tc, they will like it.

    November 13th, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Slate

    As long as its developed into some use for Facebook then its a good thing.
    If they purchased the domains just to sit around collecting dust (so to speak) then they could have done something else more productive with their time and money.
    I am sure there are other people out there that could have done something with FB.com and FB.co (out side of the FaceBook trademark realm). Who knows… they could have come up with Furry Backs or something along those lines.

    Anyways, I would just like to see them get developed.
    That is my thought
    Cheers

    November 17th, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Nametop

    It could be used for new facebook search engine preparing a battle against google. Just a thought.

    December 15th, 2010 at 3:15 am

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