GoDaddy’s unMerry Christmas gift returned to sender

GoDaddy has a major SOPA/PIPA problem. Or rather, GoDaddy wants to now say they had a major SOPA/PIPA problem for less than forty-eight hours after the sucking sound of furious customers threatening a boycott on reddit then took over the internetz in what was the fastest brushfire of economic libertarian backlash the world may yet have witnessed.

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The war on GoDaddy by competing registrars is now afoot. Domain registrations aren’t the hardest product offering to pull off, and with the internet comes the fierce competition of a free marketplace where #2 is trying to outsell as best they know how. Many domain holders are no doubt exploring their full set of options to keep doing their line of business regardless of SOPA/PIPA provisions. If push came to shove over US manhandling of domains, eventually the .com TLD could end up largely abandoned by independent web producers seeking better terms.

GoDaddy has now not so quickly, yet overwhelmingly reversed course on their support of the bill (which began much earlier this year), with public relations representatives now clearly in damage control mode on their support forums. Hoping their grand daddy of blunders will soon be over, the company stated “we have listened to our customers.” Word has it they still have not recanted support of PIPA, so the boycott is officially still on until they do.

GoDaddy, Inc. was last valued at $2.25 billion in July of 2011 and is still head by firebrand Bob Parsons, who is apparently in hiding from the internet shitstorm.

Stephen VanDyke

I've published HoT along with about 300+ friends since 2002. We're all Americans who are snarky and love our country. I'm a libertarian that registered Republican because I like to win elections. That's pretty much it.

  1. What a bunch of miserable sellouts, good riddance from the internet.

    Let this be already another nail in GoDaddy’s wikipedia coffin, beat down by the hammers of truth.

  2. There’s more than a few large ethical companies on the internet that use them and will be slow to move, but when they do it will make a considerable dent.

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