The .COM Scam

Kevin Ham on Business 2.0Ok, this one kinda got me fired up. I usually don’t have too much of a problem with what Michael Arrington of Techcrunch says, other than his overly-sensational post titles, but Arrington’s stance on the “.cm scam” issue is so far out there it makes me laugh and cry at the same time.

Let’s start with a quote:

It’s up to the individual countries to decide what is ethical and what isn’t. And when money is thrown at these small countries, it seems that they have little hesitation in giving control of their namespace to a relatively unknown speculator.

Now, what’s he referring to? The Business 2.0 article on the .CM domain extension (which is held by the country of Cameroon).

Rather than getting into the details of how the purported “.cm scam” works (since I think these two articles explain the “how to” pretty well), I’d like to add some commentary on this whole thing.

I think Arrington is pretty ridiculous in calling this a scam, along with anyone else who does.

Think about it. Google, and Microsoft do this kind of thing millions of times a day with people typing in keywords into the address bar instead of redirecting to the .com address (the primary extension we have right now). They’ve been doing it for years, and nobody has thought that was a bad thing. Now, some domainer gets a hold of a bunch of domains, does essentially the same thing Google and Microsoft do, and it gets called a scam. What the…. ?

Honestly, I think the move Kevin Ham made was outstandingly smart. Maybe Arrington is just jealous that he didn’t think of it first and has to toil away writing a blog instead of making money the old fashioned way, by being smarter. And instead of calling out the old players doing essentially the same thing, he tags the new guy.

[tags]arrington, techcrunch, .cm, .com, scam, cameroon, domain, yahoo, google, microsoft, domainers[/tags]

Nate Ritter lives in Austin, Texas (U.S.), popularized the #hashtag and creates web applications for a living. He also does miles and point hacking to enable cheap travel for his family. More here →

2 Comments on "The .COM Scam"

  1. nate says:

    Alright, I’m not going to change my article, but before you flame me for this… let me tell you that by saying “Kevin Ham got a hold of a bunch of domains”, I don’t mean to say he bought each and every domain. I do understand he bought his way into creating portal pages for domains that don’t exist.

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