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Facebook Introduces “Social Inbox” & SocialInbox.com Recently Sold to HubSpot


Facebook.Mark Zuckerberg is currently discussing the new Facebook email system, and although he mentioned that everyone will receive @Facebook.com email addresses, it seems that the FB.com domain name which was recently acquired by Facebook, will be used for internal emails.

One very interesting tidbit that Zuckerberg just announced is the introduction of the Social Inbox for "filtering exactly the messages that you want to see." I was curious to see if Facebook had acquired the matching SocialInbox.com domain name.

According to a Whois lookup, SocialInbox.com is currently registered to the Escrow Transfer department at Sedo, meaning it was sold very recently. DN Journal reported that SocialInbox.com sold for $4,970 at the end of September.

Interestingly, it looks like a company called HubSpot has launched a new service on SocialInbox.com, which is in Beta. According to the meta description for the site, "Social Inbox is a simple tool for professionals to more effectively use social sites like twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to find → Read More

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


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 → Read More

Could Facebook Launch a Mail Service on FB.com? ** Updated **


Facebook.At the end of September, I wrote an article speculating that perhaps Facebook purchased FB.com in private. There hasn't been any public acknowledgement about whether the company bought it or not (or who may have bought it if Facebook didn't), and the domain name still does not resolve.  See update below.

Multiple websites are reporting that Facebook will be holding an invite-only event in San Francisco on Monday, November 15th, and it is expected they will announce a new email system or platform that Techcrunch has dubbed "Facebook’s Gmail Killer." According to the folks at Techcrunch, this project has been referred to internally as "Project Titan."

This is pure speculation, but it would be pretty neat if they launched this mail service on FB.com (if they own this domain name now confirmed that Facebook owns it). Assuming it is a mail service they intend to launch on Monday, they could also use another name like FacebookMail.com (which they already own), or they could just tie it in with Facebook.com.

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Did Facebook Quietly Acquire FB.com?


I read an interesting "Tweet" on George Kirikos' Twitter feed this morning. According to Domaintools' Whois History tool, the domain name FB.com changed hands on September 3, 2010. Prior to this change, the domain name was registered to the American Farm Bureau Federation. The organization owns FB.org, which might explain their willingness to part with FB.com.

FB.com is currently registered to DNStination Inc., and it is registered at Mark Monitor, the same corporate registrar used by Facebook for their Facebook.com registration. Could Facebook have stealthily acquired FB.com? The domain name does not currently resolve anywhere, but it would seem to be a good domain name for them to own, especially with the popularity of url shorteners.

Ironically enough, there is a page on Facebook called "Petition to make www.fb.com an official link to facebook is on Facebook." The group currently has 75 members. Perhaps they were on to something. → Read More

Get More Updates on Facebook: Edit News Feed Options


Facebook.I wanted to share something that I just learned about Facebook news feeds. I was wondering why there are certain friends whose posts and updates I never see, despite knowing that they do update their Facebook pages every so often. I hadn't really paid much attention to the news feed options, but when I missed an important update from a friend, I  decided to look into it.

Apparently, Facebook chooses the friends whose posts you read in your news feed rather than showing all of your friends' comments and updates. Since this is done by algorithm, it's not really an exact science, and many of your friends' news won't show up on your page.

In order to allow all of your friends' news and updates to show up, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "Edit Options." On this page, you're given a list of people to block (everyone has friends who either have auto-posts or who constantly post game scores that you want to ignore.

To the left of this list is something that says: "Control how many friends you want shown in Live Feed. → Read More

Use Facebook to Buy Domain Names


 Facebook.I send out a lot of domain inquiries for domain names I'd like to purchase. Unfortunately, my inquires don't always yield responses, despite the fact that I try to make fair value offers for these domain names. I am certain that I it's not always because the owner doesn't want to sell that I don't receive a reply though.

There are many reasons why you may never hear from a domain owner when you make a genuine inquiry:

  • Email gets marked as spam/junk

  • Owner gets too many emails

  • Email address not active

  • Domain owner is out of town for an extended period

With social networking sites becoming popular for people of all ages, it's much easier to get in touch with a domain owner on Facebook, and I have almost completed my first acquisition using the site.

When sending an inquiry via Facebook, I recommend a brief introduction, since sending a message on Facebook is more personal than a simple blind email. In the first message, after you introduce yourself, you should confirm that the person is the owner of the domain name. → Read More

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