Tuesday, June 14, 2011

GoDaddy's Web site goes down, GoDaddy Sells Off XXX Domain Names

It appears GoDaddy.com is back to normal after being down for more than three hours. The company says on its Twitter feed that technical issues, rather than hackers, were to blame.
It appears the domain and hosting super giant GoDaddy.com--perhaps best known for its trademark racy Super Bowl commercials and spokesperson, Nascar driver Danica Patrick--is having server troubles today.

Users have reported on Twitter and elsewhere their troubles accessing GoDaddy.com, which many customers use as a primary access point for hosting and domain accounts. Tweets about troubles accessing the site first began showing up around 3 p.m. Pacific. The company's Twitter streamis currently a long list of replies to frustrated customers:

Currently, as of around 5 p.m. PT, GoDaddy.com redirects to the mobile version of the site. Just after 5 p.m., the company began tweeting this response to customers:
"...We're working on it. Thanks for your patience. We're directing to godaddymobile.com for now. You can manage most things there."

Internet hosting outfit GoDaddy says it will start selling off domain names ending in .XXX to adults only sites because of pressure from its users.

"We've said from the beginning, when it comes to dotXXX, we are going to listen to our customers," GoDaddy CEO and founder Bob Parsons told thing

"A large number of our customers have spoken ... and there is a demand for the controversial new domain name extension - for both brand protection purposes and for new names. So what are we going to do? GoDaddy is going to give our customers what they want!"

The XXX extension has long been touted as a way to keep porn in its own area of the Web and should go some way to stop people stumbling across adult-oriented sites by accident.

The company has been clearance by the governing body for domain names the ICM registry and will start auctioning off the URLs as soon as they are released. Existing trademark holders will get first dibs on their own names in September but short URLs like porn.xxx could well fetch millions when they go on sale in October.

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