Google is taking no chances after its restructuring into Alphabet by purchasing the domain name abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz.com
Google has purchased the domain namein the wake of its restructuring as Alphabet, continuing its domain purchase spree.
The company launched conglomerate Alphabet’s site onback in August, a move which saw the internet giant cleave its core YouTube, search, Android and email business from its ambitious research divisions, including the secretive Google X labs division.
Alphabet’s home page is abc.xyz, so the company now has one of the longest domain names around as well as one of the shortest.
However, the site notes, it’s unlikely that even Google will be able to pursuade BMW to sell them , or news network ABC to give up . Google will probably choose to leave the site as an inactive placeholder, rather than populate it with any new Alphabet content, and it’s unknown how much they paid to gain control of the name.
Former Google employee Sanmay Ved claimed to have paid $12 to buy Google.com last month, before the company swiftly revoked his access around one minute later.
“I clicked the add to cart icon beside the domain (which should not appear if the domain is not available for sale),” he said. “The domain actually got added to my cart as seen by the green check-box, and the domain appeared in my cart.”
During the sixty seconds or so, Ved said he received emails from Google webmaster tools and notifications relating to other sites owned by the company.
Selling on domain names can mean big business for those savvy enough to register names in time, or fortunate enough to have owned them for some time. Prior to the launch of Apple’s iPad in 2010, enterpreneurial web usersregistered sites such as ipaddownload.com, and in their droves in the hope of reselling them for millions of dollars.