UPDATE: Ping.fm’s Sean McCullough posted in GetSatisfaction that the problem is indeed a mess-up by — wait for it — GoDaddy. The Ping bots are still at work behind the scenes for users with bookmarklets, etc.
The ever-popular multi-microblog posting site Ping.fm is currently showing up as a GoDaddy spam page (see screenshot). I presume this is a temporary mistake as I’ve seen nothing indicating otherwise and I know the Ping.fm guys to be responsible Web 2.0ers who wouldn’t accidentally let their domain name lapse… what could it be? Am I just up too late and spying a late-night migration?
I wasn’t expecting to regain my faith in GoDaddy by attempting to use them to pick up a few .me domains yesterday but it’s interesting to note that suddenly — despite having provided erratic and questionable service in the past with little or no recourse — the company has raised the red flag and today appears to be calling each and every failed .me registrar individually (listen to the audio):
Only a week ago, I was shocked to find that I couldn’t register a .tv domain thru GoDaddy because the site’s use of Silverlight crashed my FireFox Browser, and I’ve long been appalled by their archaic control panel and hosting modules, which I used and quickly ditched years ago (for Bluehost) but appear to be the same. I mean, c’mon, even Evite is finally updating its UI. If you’re looking for a good, reasonably priced registrar for .me names, I recommend Gandi.net — which offers a rather transparent and straightforward signup process (based in France) and only a few dollars more than GoDaddy.
I sure hope not. I’m not-so-patiently waiting to process my order and have been for about 30 minutes now. Have I reason to worry? Well, it was not so long ago that a VP at GoDaddy was caught bidding against prospective buyers of highly-desired domain names on GoDaddy’s own auction site. Don’t let me down again, GoDaddy.
UPDATE: Order finally went through via Safari browser. I’ll be a little late to work though, so excuse.me, sue.me, and dew.me cause it’s all about me.meme.me
UPDATE 2: An hour later I found out that all six of my “registrations” FAILED.