It turns out the owner of the domain name has been trying to sell the domain name for some time. Back in August a Domain Name Wire reader caught wind that the owner was trying to sell the domain name and let me know about it. Apparently the owner of TwitterSearch.com claimed “Twitter will buy it for a few hundred thousand dollars.”
A Twitter representative wrote back:
“I’ve been in touch with these people, and they’re very interested in extorting us and not very interested in working with us. Please regard their emails as spam and feel free to let me know if you have any further concerns.”
Now the company will get the domain name for about $1,500 in UDRP fees. So this case doesn’t necessarily mean people with twitter in their domain names need to run for the hills — although I’d recommend being careful if your product is related to the service.
Does this mean Twittercism is a potential target? Perhaps, at least ultimately. I have long considered that there’s a chance of this, and I wouldn’t be too surprised to get a letter through the post at some point. However, give that AllFacebook.com and InsideFacebook.com are alive and ticking and have been for some time, even as Facebook has become a globe-conquering powerhouse, I’m probably going to be okay. I’m not stepping on anyone’s toes and I’m not trying to extort any money. So I should be fine.
Unless, that is, Twitter starts to get really, really petty. Stranger things have happened.