Google domain names – the funny, strange and surprising
Google owns a whole bunch of domain names other than the obvious ones like google.com, blogger.com and gmail.com. We here at Pingdom decided to find out which ones, with some truly surprising results.
We only looked at .com domain names, and found thousands. Below are some of the more noteworthy .com domain names that Google owns.
Misspellings and typos:
Yes, we’re big:
Starting offline services?
Not safe for work:
Is this legal?
The not so nice ones:
How we found these domain names
We found all of these domain names by processing the root zone file for the .com top-level domain. We also confirmed that the domain names in this post are owned by Google by looking at domain WHOIS information for the ones we included.
It is likely that many of these domain names have been registered by Google either to protect their brand, and in some cases to prevent typosquatting and similar practices. Google lawyers have surely been keeping busy reclaiming lots of Google-related domain names over the years.
For those interested, here is a complete Excel file with all .com domain names that point to the Google DNS servers ns1.google.com-ns4.google.com. Note that not all of them will be owned by Google (but most are) so you will need to confirm ownership with a WHOIS lookup.
We hope you found this collection interesting.