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September 12, 2004

Off-by-one errors

Occasionally I will mis-type the name of a common website, only to discover that I get redirected to the proper site anyway.

I was curious what Google owns besides google.com. It turns out they own gogle.com, gooogle.com, and goolge.com. They also own google.net, google.org, google.info, google.tv, google.biz, google.us, and I would assume most or all of the rest of the TLDs. All these redirect to the main google.com site.

However, they don't own oogle.com, goooogle.com, goole.com, glooge.com, googe.com, or googl.com. That last one seems like a real oversight.

And they seem to worried somewhat about fingers being in the wrong place. They own foofle.com and googlr.com, but not gppgle.com or googke.com. And they don't own booble.com...although it IS a search engine.

The original google.com was registered in 1997; the rest seem to have been registered on an ad hoc basis between 1998 and 2000.

Microsoft, by comparison, is much less concerned with this, which I suppose makes sense since it is not solely a web presence. The only TLD they (we, I guess I should say) own is microsoft.net, and none of the typos. Even for MSN, however, they only own msn.net, not msn.org, msnbc.net, msncb.com, etc.

Posted by AdamBa at September 12, 2004 07:20 AM

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Microsoft also has: contoso.com

Posted by: Matt at September 18, 2004 07:36 PM

FYI: contoso.com is a secret alias for Microsoft.com

Posted by: Matt at September 18, 2004 07:37 PM

That's funny. I guess it's a company Microsoft created to use in examples. Basically a persona that's an entire company:


Posted by: Adam Barr at September 18, 2004 10:21 PM