INTRO: Last month, in a surprise incident, Google lost access to blogging platform blogspot.in. Visiting the web site throws a “blogspot.in’s the server IP address couldn’t be found” error. While most folks expected the software giant to repair the difficulty immediately, it’s been a short time and therefore the issue still persists.
On the 24th of June that is just the previous month, a registrar named domainming.com purchased blogspot.in. A quick WHOIS lookup at the time of scripting this article indicated that domainming.com still had access to the domain. Also, the domain is currently inactive.
The domain, however, is up purchasable on Sedo – a marketplace for purchasing and selling domains. The seller has quoted a starting price of $5999 on the Google web site, which roughly translates to Rs. 4.5 lakhs.
But, that does not necessarily mean that one could own the domain by paying just $5999 for it. The price quoted here is simply the starting price and therefore the seller would naturally sell the domain to the very best bidder. When it was checked, there are 30 bids for the web site. Considering the importance of the web site, the quoted prices won’t be anywhere on the cheaper side.
Moreover, the supply of the domain for anyone to get exposes blogs hosted on blogspot.in to become redirected to malware or scams. As per reports, all indexed Blogspot.in links are hardcoded, so if someone were to shop for the domain, they might easily redirect such indexed links to any webpage they need.
It is indeed surprising that Google has not taken any visible efforts to resolve things. Also, it remains unclear if Google is unaware of things or is being intentionally silent. Chances are, the corporate is currently in negotiations with domainming.com for the finalized price.
With all that said, do confine mind that the blogs aren’t completely inaccessible. If you own or frequently visit a Blogspot.in the website, you’ll access them by replacing blogspot.in to blogspot.com within the website’s URL.