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Facebook gobbles up anti-Facebook domain names

FacebookProtecting one’s brand is pretty much standard practice for large online properties like Facebook. As a result, the social network giant now owns hundreds of domain names, of which only a few are actually used. The rest have been taken over from others for “safekeeping.”

We find it rather amusing that Facebook itself now owns domain names such as:

  • IHateTheFacebookLikeButton.com
  • LikeButtonSucks.com
  • LikeSucks.com
  • FacebookCreditsSuck.org
  • FBCreditsSuck.org
  • IHateFacebookCredits.com

Most of these have plenty of variations for .org, .net, .biz, etc.

There is a small chance that someone at Facebook showed remarkable foresight and registered these domain names for preventive purposes, but we highly doubt that.

We assume that these are mostly domain names that other people have registered first, perhaps even run websites on, which have then been taken over by Facebook via a domain dispute (which they will essentially always win).

In general, it’s just not a good idea to register a domain name with a brand name in it. Just don’t do it.

Other domain names owned by Facebook

Although it’s funny that Facebook owns a bunch of anti-Facebook domain names, these just make up a small portion of the hundreds of domain names it owns. Others include:

  • Typos like Faceobok.com and a ton of other variations. So-called typosquatting is a practice where someone registers common typos of a domain name to benefit from the traffic they get when people enter an incorrectly spelled website address. For a site with as much traffic as Facebook, even a tiny portion would be significant.
  • Brand intrusions of various kinds, mostly domain names with Facebook + something else. These make up the largest chunk of domain names owned by Facebook. For example, they include attempts by someone to cash in on FacebookPorn.com, FacebookSex.com and SexyFacebook.info. And pardon the pun, but they were probably met by someone from FacebookForLawyers.com, another domain name now owned by Facebook. Gaining ownership of these kinds of domain names is a constant struggle for Facebook.

While we’re on the subject of domain names, here’s a quick tip: Don’t forget that Facebook also owns FB.com and has redirected it to Facebook.com, if you want to save yourself some typing.

And in case you wondered, yes, Facebook has held on to the original TheFacebook.com.

Data source: DomainTools name server report.



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They won’t essentially always win unless ALL of the registrations were in bad faith. There’s loads of precedent out there for retentions on free speech grounds.

social marketing

June 1st, 2011 at 8:35 am


Well this is an excellent move from facebook.One should always try to save their brand name.

that is called wasting time.. no use holding on to such domain names..

I find it disturbing that they will “essentially always win” cases where the out of the 6 examples given, only half of them mention Facebook directly in the domain name. Specifically LikeSucks.com should NOT be easily challengeable by Facebook. Lame.

There are also websites that interact with Facebook, like http://pdf-to-facebook.net
It also has a disclaimer note. How long would that site last?
 

AlexandriaTownshp

December 19th, 2012 at 7:08 pm


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(ha, you thought i was going to say “jesus christ,” didn’t you?) my good news is contained in letters (i maintain that they are essays) like this…as well as on my jagged little website, and i use facebook because there’s a “facebook plugin” on oh-so many websites asking for comments…and facebook makes “comment dropping” an easy thing to do. let me be your bull for a few minutes, for i would love for you to read my droppings. personally, i can’t believe that people even have the interest to read through the opinions of other people, and i can’t believe that anyone has enough perseverance to keep them reading though a peice that is chock full of spelling mistakes (please, no comments from the peanut gallery), but if they’re intent on reading then i’ll be intent on writing…just to slap them in the face with my two cents. or tuppence. actually, i am a little resentful because the whole “social networking” obsession has done a complete disservice to the internet. with so many people making use of their internet-capable phones to augment their semi-charmed kinds of lives, even 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, they are not able to fully experience the internet because the screen on their phones is as small as their own levels of self-reliance. the reason i am resentful of internet-capable phones is because my own websites (jaggedlittledyl.com and dylanswebpage.com and dylanswebcam.com) are a metropolis of homosexuality-compromising satire and Strongwoman-questioning ridicule, delivered through mountains of creative writing (song parody, screenplays, shirt designs and more) and one smaller mountain of the audio/video persuasion, and it cannot be fully appreciated if viewed on anything smaller than a tablet pc. getting back to the (l)users who rely on “social networking” as their apparent life-preserver, i could bring up the joiners who were murdered at the latest batman movie and suggest that they were losers who used movies to get them through their semi-charmed kinds of lives. i don’t believe these people were wronged to have been murdered, given that they weren’t real people and that they were only brainwashed zombies/products of the media. even the little 6 year-old girl, i say “good riddance” to them all, because what will society become when society is made up of people who’ve grown up with a reliance on “the latest fashion,” to take a song title by prince, that tells them what to do with themselves? i’ve said it before and i’ll say it again: it’s no wonder the united states of america has fallen from first place. people are little babies with pacifiers, americans should mature away from using diapers and food-stamps, government-funded cell phones and the “i need the president to help me” affirmations of peggy joseph. “social networking” is a pacifier to get these dependent americans through their semi-charmed kinds of lives. sex is a pacifier of the same kind…even worse, homosexuality is a pacifier when a man isn’t man enough to get him through his (semi-charmed kind of) masculine existence. people of the united states of america have to grow up, they have to start taking responsibility for their own lives without the help of movies, “social networking” or sexual gratification…or even “the latest fashion,” they have to become independent enough to pacify themselves without relying on other peoples’ beings (or productive peoples’ creations) to entertain them. until society grows up, i fear that there will be more people who are rightfully angry at all the dependents of the democrat party.  so angry, that they’d go to a breeding-ground for these dependents (be it another batman movie or to a group started on meetup.com) and just start blowing peoples’ heads off with firearms obtained from mexicans. (criminals will find ways to get guns, even if the white house-negro bans them). dylan terreri, i http://www.jaggedlittledyl.com ————————– “When I’m hungry, I eat. When I’m thirsty, I drink. When I feel like saying something, I say it.” – Madonna http://www.jaggedlittledyl.com/essays ————————– *** Get Your Free E-mail Address At http://www.obamamakesmeracist.com *** Yet another production of http://www.jaggedlittledyl.com, LLC ————————–

Freaking funny, These guys are crazy and hilarious web masters or they think so. But i believe facebook and Google deserve their places in History.