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.
I tried GoDaddy once years ago and absolutely hated it. But today I decided I wanted to register a .tv domain today and it seemed that GoDaddy had the most reasonable rate (advertised at $15.99). But every time I click “proceed to check out” Firefox bugs out. Anyone else have this problem? The conspiracy theorist approach would be to blame GoDaddy’s CEO, whose VP of domain auctions, auspiciously named Adam Dicker, was recently found to be gaming the domain name bidding system.