The majority of internet domains are worth very little, but what about Google.com?
Google has revealed how much it paid the person who owned Google.com for a whole minute.
In October last year, former Google employee Sanmay Ved was searching Google Domains when he discovered the domain was available to purchase.
He shelled out a lowly $12 to own the address, but the purchase was reverted one minute later.
As a reward for discovering the issue, Google paid Ved a total of $6,006.13 – far more than his $12 purchase (which was refunded, anyway).
The figure was chosen because it spells out Google numerically; “squint a little and you’ll see it,” says Google.
However, Ved opted to donate his reward to charity, so Google decided to double the amount as a bonus.
At the time of the purchase, Ved said: “…for one minute I had access. At least I can now say I’m the man who owned Google.com for one minute.”
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It’s not the first time a tech firm has encountered a domain snafu. In 2003, someone scooped Hotmail.co.uk from under Microsoft’s nose.
Fortunately, the buyer returned the domain to Microsoft, reminding the company about the importance of renewing domains.
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