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2010-02-17 02:29:56 PM
"Your".

Stupid submitter.
 
2010-02-17 02:33:59 PM
GooberMcFly: "Your".

Stupid submitter.


$1 for Google
 
2010-02-17 02:34:13 PM
GooberMcFly: "Your YER".

Stupid submitter.
 
2010-02-17 02:34:47 PM
I keep trying to type fark.com, but I always end up here.
 
2010-02-17 02:37:28 PM
jehovahs witness protection: GooberMcFly: "Your YER Year".

Stupid submitter.



/petpeave.com
 
2010-02-17 02:37:42 PM
jehovahs witness protection: GooberMcFly: "Your YER YAR".

Stupid submitter.
 
2010-02-17 02:38:34 PM
FTA: "Edelman has criticised Google's adverts appearing on typo domains in the past. He is currently co-counsel on a lawsuit from a firm seeking damages from Google after its adverts appeared on a typo domain targeting the claimant's website. He says that his involvement in the suit did not influence the results of his research."

This is what is referred to as a "conflict of interest."
 
2010-02-17 02:57:49 PM
That's funny. I make $20,000 a year fixing typos.

Something tells me I'm in the wrong business...
 
2010-02-17 03:00:26 PM
It's like the "To leave a message, press 1" thing that all cell phone companies tack on. They earn billions from the extra seconds of talk time.
 
2010-02-17 03:10:30 PM
Google may be earning an alleged $500 million a year via companies and individuals who register deceptive website addresses.
The ironic this is if you actually mistype a common website name into google, google attempts to correct you and gives a link to the proper spelling. (the greedy evil bastards)
 
2010-02-17 03:37:33 PM
For once, the typo was on purpose.
 
2010-02-17 03:42:31 PM
pudding7: It's like the "To leave a message, press 1" thing that all cell phone companies tack on. They earn billions from the extra seconds of talk time.

In this man's world, all voicemail would jump to the beep as soon as you pressed "1." All of them. Instead, half of them respond with "I'm sorry, '1' is not a valid entry. To leave a voice message, wait for the tone, to send a fax..."

WHAT THE F*CK? Who faxes to cell phones?

The English Major: For once, the typo was on purpose.

I'm assuming that it was one that is now fixed, perhaps?
 
2010-02-17 03:50:13 PM
Beautiful.

I love headline like, this.
 
2010-02-17 03:59:06 PM
Torrentius: Beautiful.

I love headline like, this.


That's not where apostrophes go, stupid.
 
2010-02-17 04:00:52 PM
bugmn99: Torrentius: Beautiful.

I love headline like, this.

That's not where apostrophes go, stupid.


I'm a grammatical free-spirit;)
 
2010-02-17 04:00:56 PM
Doubtfull.
 
2010-02-17 04:01:13 PM
factoryconnection: pudding7: It's like the "To leave a message, press 1" thing that all cell phone companies tack on. They earn billions from the extra seconds of talk time.

In this man's world, all voicemail would jump to the beep as soon as you pressed "1." All of them. Instead, half of them respond with "I'm sorry, '1' is not a valid entry. To leave a voice message, wait for the tone, to send a fax..."

WHAT THE F*CK? Who faxes to cell phones?

The English Major: For once, the typo was on purpose.

I'm assuming that it was one that is now fixed, perhaps?


I don't understand the part about "If you'd like to page this person, press 2" WTF? There are probably kids in high school who have no idea what "page" even means.
 
2010-02-17 04:10:44 PM
A lot of "could of"s and "in theory"s in that article.
 
2010-02-17 04:11:27 PM
pudding7: factoryconnection: pudding7: It's like the "To leave a message, press 1" thing that all cell phone companies tack on. They earn billions from the extra seconds of talk time.

In this man's world, all voicemail would jump to the beep as soon as you pressed "1." All of them. Instead, half of them respond with "I'm sorry, '1' is not a valid entry. To leave a voice message, wait for the tone, to send a fax..."

WHAT THE F*CK? Who faxes to cell phones?

The English Major: For once, the typo was on purpose.

I'm assuming that it was one that is now fixed, perhaps?

I don't understand the part about "If you'd like to page this person, press 2" WTF? There are probably kids in high school who have no idea what "page" even means.


I don't understand what will happen if I page someone with a smart phone, how is it different than texting "call me"?
 
2010-02-17 04:16:55 PM
it's not nesw, its' frak.
 
2010-02-17 04:19:30 PM
Regarding Typo-squatting: Don't you only get paid for the click-thrus? Whenever I land on a typo domain, I immediately think "crap, what did I do?" and correct the address (and hope the site doesn't somehow spawn popup windows onexit). The last thing on my mind is "hmmm, this shiatty site has ads relevant to my interests. Perhaps I shall click the ads to support this asshole."
 
2010-02-17 04:19:46 PM
Young Rory Calhoun: pudding7: factoryconnection: pudding7: It's like the "To leave a message, press 1" thing that all cell phone companies tack on. They earn billions from the extra seconds of talk time.

In this man's world, all voicemail would jump to the beep as soon as you pressed "1." All of them. Instead, half of them respond with "I'm sorry, '1' is not a valid entry. To leave a voice message, wait for the tone, to send a fax..."

WHAT THE F*CK? Who faxes to cell phones?

The English Major: For once, the typo was on purpose.

I'm assuming that it was one that is now fixed, perhaps?

I don't understand the part about "If you'd like to page this person, press 2" WTF? There are probably kids in high school who have no idea what "page" even means.

I don't understand what will happen if I page someone with a smart phone, how is it different than texting "call me"?


Texting would cost you 25 cents and the recipient 20. I think text messages from a provider, including pages, are free of charge, and the call only takes from your minute pool.
 
2010-02-17 04:19:58 PM
As long as they don't have malware on them. Isn't there a variation of google.com that automatically downloads viruses right through the browser just from visiting the screen? I know the address, but I'm not going to type it, because I don't want anyone going there on account of me. It's another English word that sounds similar to google.
 
2010-02-17 04:22:38 PM
factoryconnection: I'm assuming that it was one that is now fixed, perhaps?

I meant the headline. Sorry. Refer to my profile for unintentional misspellings.
 
2010-02-17 04:29:17 PM
Seppuku for Cocoa Puffs: Texting would cost you 25 cents and the recipient 20. I think text messages from a provider, including pages, are free of charge, and the call only takes from your minute pool.

Yeah, I do use that one when I don't want to leave a time-consuming voicemail, just an automatic text to get the call back. My wife hasn't embraced this quite yet and is all about leaving the voicemail saying "Hey, it's me, call me back!"

I love hearing her voice and all, but we could have circumvented the time on vmail with the page and gotten the same result.
 
2010-02-17 04:30:25 PM
GooberMcFly: "Your".

Stupid submitter.


Trolling is a art.
 
2010-02-17 04:30:34 PM
GooberMcFly: "Your Looser".

Stupid submitter.


FTFY

/pet peive
 
2010-02-17 04:40:54 PM
Bookmarks, problem solved.
 
2010-02-17 04:43:48 PM
Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: FTA: "Edelman has criticised Google's adverts appearing on typo domains in the past. He is currently co-counsel on a lawsuit from a firm seeking damages from Google after its adverts appeared on a typo domain targeting the claimant's website. He says that his involvement in the suit did not influence the results of his research."

This is what is referred to as a "conflict of interest."


How can they possibly have a case? People were presented with negative information about a website after they failed to type the correct name of the website.
 
2010-02-17 04:43:49 PM
unyon: jehovahs witness protection: GooberMcFly: "Your YER Year".

Stupid submitter.



/petpeave.com


Petpeave.com is a beastiality website, you shouldn't be posting that crap on Frak.com.
 
2010-02-17 04:50:23 PM
Eye blaym publick sochol
 
2010-02-17 04:56:15 PM
gogggle.com (new window)

(giggles as he waits... )
 
2010-02-17 04:57:06 PM
wage0048: Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: FTA: "Edelman has criticised Google's adverts appearing on typo domains in the past. He is currently co-counsel on a lawsuit from a firm seeking damages from Google after its adverts appeared on a typo domain targeting the claimant's website. He says that his involvement in the suit did not influence the results of his research."

This is what is referred to as a "conflict of interest."

How can they possibly have a case? People were presented with negative information about a website after they failed to type the correct name of the website.


They don't. I actually work for a Search Agency and Google is pretty upfront about their paid search policies. If you opt into the content network, you dont have discretion on where they place your ads. if you have an issue with a typo domain, you have to file a trademark dispute and Google will fix it. Otherwise you are at their mercy.

Welcome to doing business with Google, Mr. Edelman.
 
2010-02-17 05:36:42 PM
Personally, I love the horrible made up numbers in TFA.

"Moore and Edelman started by using common spelling mistakes to create a list of possible typo domains for the 3264 most popular .com websites, as determined by Alexa.com rankings. They estimate that each of the 3264 top sites is targeted by around 280 typo domains...

...If the top 100,000 websites suffer the same typosquatting rate as the sites Moore and Edelman studied, up to 68 million people a day could visit a typo site, they say."

Brought to you by the dept of making shiat up.

/Also, Alexa rankings are bullshiat (so are Nielsen's ratings)
 
2010-02-17 07:15:27 PM
Nexzus: Regarding Typo-squatting: Don't you only get paid for the click-thrus? Whenever I land on a typo domain, I immediately think "crap, what did I do?" and correct the address (and hope the site doesn't somehow spawn popup windows onexit). The last thing on my mind is "hmmm, this shiatty site has ads relevant to my interests. Perhaps I shall click the ads to support this asshole."

This is the same issue I see but of course I'm not familiar with how google pays for ads on sites. I would imagine that they would only pay for clicks but if they "purchase" the space on the site for a monthly fee then I guess people could make money using this strategy.
 
2010-02-17 08:16:54 PM
First mistake, trusting Alexa.com for accurate information...
 
2010-02-17 09:42:41 PM
Nexzus: Regarding Typo-squatting: Don't you only get paid for the click-thrus? Whenever I land on a typo domain, I immediately think "crap, what did I do?" and correct the address (and hope the site doesn't somehow spawn popup windows onexit). The last thing on my mind is "hmmm, this shiatty site has ads relevant to my interests. Perhaps I shall click the ads to support this asshole."

Maybe you are too smart to use the Internet.

/someone is actually buying to 'V1agra Pills!'
 
2010-02-18 07:26:27 AM
I don't know how these people make a profit from typosquatting. I registered twittfr.com about a year ago (it will expire soon if anyone is interested) and it only got 220 visitors over the year. It doesn't have any advertising on it, but knowing what I do from my other sites it would need traffic of about 20,000 visitors to cover the costs of the domain registration alone.
 
2010-02-18 07:28:11 AM
Sorry typo - it should be 2,000 visitors needed to pay for the domain
 
2010-02-18 12:15:09 PM
Cormee: I don't know how these people make a profit from typosquatting. I registered twittfr.com about a year ago (it will expire soon if anyone is interested) and it only got 220 visitors over the year. It doesn't have any advertising on it, but knowing what I do from my other sites it would need traffic of about 20,000 visitors to cover the costs of the domain registration alone.

twiter.com, twittre.com, and even twittwr.com and twittrr.com would have been better. I assume it's pretty difficult to mistake an 'f' for 'e' using a qwerty keyboard.
 
2010-02-18 12:18:57 PM
Nexzus: Cormee: I don't know how these people make a profit from typosquatting. I registered twittfr.com about a year ago (it will expire soon if anyone is interested) and it only got 220 visitors over the year. It doesn't have any advertising on it, but knowing what I do from my other sites it would need traffic of about 20,000 visitors to cover the costs of the domain registration alone.

twiter.com, twittre.com, and even twittwr.com and twittrr.com would have been better. I assume it's pretty difficult to mistake an 'f' for 'e' using a qwerty keyboard.


All of the alternatives I considered were gone. 'f' is only one across and down so I assumed it would be close enough.
 
2010-02-19 04:25:54 AM
Barakku: The ironic this is if you actually mistype...

*head asplode*
 
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