- Dell Whines About Tasting and Accuses Domain Churners of Destroying Evidence
- Network Solutions Exploits I-CANN's Five-Day Refund Rule to Hoard Domains
And Bill Hartzer proves that this is going on. He searched for "www.billharzerisawesome.com" (and yes, he is) which was available for $6.99 on minute, and then...Bill's wife rings his mobile and by the end of the call, the domain was snatched up by Network Solutions, parked and is now available for $34.99!
Love GoDaddy or hate them, I did some domain brainstorming about a month ago on (in my opinion) some really killer domain names -- and they're still available, so at least they're not pulling any of these tricks. And I'll give GoDaddy a free link for that! Network Solutions however, will not get any link love from us.
- Google's cooked up a new tool for ecommerce marketers - Google Checkout Trends. Type in keywords separated by commas and you'll get a nifty chart like this one based on anonymized data from Google Checkout merchants.
- Miranda over at Ecommerce Cache posted a phenomenal collection of checkout pages from top online retailers. Bookmark this.
- What did I tell you last week? 11 is the new 10 - and Justin Palmer "knows what's up." Check out his 11 tips for optimizing internal site search.
- For all of you web masters and web designers who've had your creations and ideas ripped off, you're not alone. Mashable brings us the 7 Twitters of the World - a look at some blatant Twitter clones that haven't even bothered to modify the original Twitter's design much. Shall we get SEOmoz' resident legal eagle Sarah Bird on the case?
- Some called 2007 "The Year of the Gift Card," and one study predicts it will balloon to a $52 Billion market by 2012. (Currently its in the $26 Million neighborhood). Hey, gift cards are great - but will they really double in popularity? Come on, are we this lazy?
- Storefront Backtalk discusses 2D barcode technology that may be used in the US as early as April:
At its most basic, a 2-D barcode uses two elements of a typical smartphone—the digital camera and a Web browser—to create a rich 2-way data exchange. The consumer might see a poster for a particular product—or a model wearing interesting clothes—and want more information. That shopper would aim her smartphone at the 2-D barcode. A small applet on the phone would interpret the barcode, launch a browser and go to a very deep link within that site.
More details here.