Australia has a long-running history of sheltering cybersquatters. Various international giants such as YouTube and Facebook have, over the years, been forced into action on our shores to retrieve the .au versions of their domain names.
We’ve even got a rogue political activist up in Queensland — Wayne Smith — who for many years now has been nicking domain names like liberalnationalparty.com. And more power to him. That’s why we’re not surprised at all to find out this week that the Australian domain name of the newest social networking craze — Twitter — does not exactly (yet) belong to US-based Twitter.
Domain Name: twitter.com.au
Last Modified: 05-Jan-2010 01:05:33 UTC
Registrar ID: Distribute.IT
Registrar Name: Distribute.IT
Registrant: BOYCE JASON
Registrant ID: ABN 39764726163
Eligibility Type: Sole Trader
Registrant Contact ID: DIT-783917
Registrant Contact Name: Jason Boyce
Registrant Contact Email: Visit whois.ausregistry.com.au for Web based WhoIs
Tech Contact ID: DIT-783919
Tech Contact Name: Jason Boyce
Tech Contact Email: Visit whois.ausregistry.com.au for Web based WhoIs
Name Server: ns1.digitalpacific.com.au
Name Server IP: 126.96.36.199
Name Server: ns2.digitalpacific.com.au
Name Server IP: 188.8.131.52
And we’re not surprised, either, to find that the website set up at Twitter.com.au features some good old-fashioned Australian home-grown web design. Circa 1995 — the era of Geocities and ICQ. Not really the best advertisement for those who are trying to find today’s hottest social networking craze.
We’re not alleging that Boyce or his company have done anything wrong here, by the way — odds are the company dates back to before Twitter itself existed — but we’re sure Twitter will be attempting to retrieve the domain name real soon now.
Image credit: Delimiter screenshot of Twitter.com.au