Domain Tasting and Trolling From Your Whois Lookups
<As always, feel free to post this if you feel it is a, imformative, and b, not too stupid a question!!!>
I am intrigued (and frustrated) by a phenomenon I had read about, but only recently actually experienced. Going through a registration service, both a partner and I ran some names but did not complete the purchases, pending further discussions on their viability and usefulness. The next day, upon trying to register them, they were gone.
This happened on 2 different occasions, less than ten days apart.
I had read about trolling software, but could not see how this would necessarily work. My first thought was our computer had been compromised, or our account had been compromised. These were quickly ruled out as the 2 instances were done on different computers, in different locations, using different registration accounts. So my only conclusion is, either it is software on the providers' end, or it is someone within the provider who sees the names are checked, but not registered, and likes them for their own. If it is the latter, I question the levels of integrity of the individuals and secuirty of the service.
The really disturbing side to this, both names were registered by the same entity, a day following our looking up availability... A fact that seems to point to less than coincidence...
Other than to say "register the names as soon as you establish they are available" (learned that one...), I am interested in your feedback and insight on this.
PS Liked the article on names meanings to different parties. Pretty clear where that one came from!!!""
***FS*** It's an unfortunate reality.. Some folks are too expedient to dream up their own names so they let you do the heavy lifting .. looking up names and then they troll your whois-lookups, registering anything unregistered for domain tasting or for keeps.
Use a reputable ungamed whois like Domaintools.com or Betterwhois.com and you should be fine.. Then again, these are competitive times in domaining and if you touched on a popular vein, then it could simply be a coincidence.. Check who registered the names.. If they are registered to different parties, then it's likely a coincidence.