What Is The Chance Of This Happening?

boughtOrNotA lot of strange things happen to some domain name investors that clearly have too many domain names… Like trying to purchase at an Aftermarket a domain name you already own or searching domain names for a new project only to realize that whois has your name on the domain name you like the most.

GoDaddy released an app at NamesCon that is called Bought Or Not. At Bought or Not you get to see 10 different domain names and you have to guess if a domain name is currently registered or not. The app is available online at BoughtOrNot.com and as an iPhone app, with Android coming soon.

So I went over the GoDaddy booth at NamesCon to try the game. I chose the “Technology” category and started playing. The 3rd name that came up was DomainDigital.com. I stopped for a second because the name looked familiar. And it was…

I checked whois on my phone just to make sure. People thought I was cheating! But the domain name was actually mine! What??? I bought this domain name years ago when I starting my company in Greece. I haven’t really used it.

The Go Daddy people at the booth found this quite amusing and so did I. So they took a picture of me. 🙂

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So what is the chance of this happening? It is not like the domain name is registered with Go Daddy… It is at a different registrar. Do I own TOO many domain names? I guess so…

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About Konstantinos Zournas

Konstantinos studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London and lives in Athens, Greece. He works on domain names, websites and software development. Has been online since 1995 & domaining since 2002.

17 comments

  1. You should have played the Powerball, the odds were equally astronomical 😀

    On a funny note, I once placed an offer via Sedo for a domain I already owned.

  2. When I try to go to boughtornot.com my Kaspersky Virus scanner is blocking the site, saying it’s a phishing url.
    Screenshot: https://www.dropbox.com/s/td5j7gfrsi513qq/boughtornot.png?dl=0

  3. Give yourself a good deal 😉 !

  4. Funny!

    But worst, this holidays an old blogger made me an offer on one of my domains through email, I accepted it and invited him to make an immediate paypal payment. Few minutes after at the moment to transfer the domain I was unable to find it in any of my registrars accounts, worst, the WHOIS was looking strange. Totally lost, I had the idea to search at ecop.com transactions for this domain to discover that I sold this domain at CAX just 6 days ago and pushed to the buyer. Can you believe it? Crazy!!!

  5. I ‘bet’ you wish you had that kind of luck in the casino.

  6. What are the odds wow, funny!

  7. Clearly this is a sign, Konstantinos, that you own too many domains. Better begin giving them away. Alright, alright, alright. I’ll take a thousand or two off your hands – but only as a favor.

  8. I heard about the app but haven’t looked deeper into it. Cool feature!

    -Omar

  9. The app is a cool combination of a game and registration generator. You’d be surprised at the domains that aren’t registered and vice versa. Didn’t achieve higher than 70%.

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