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.
Competitors lapped it up, luring domain holders away with promo codes with clever names such as SOPASUCKS and NODADDY.
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.