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You get what you pay for

on Oct 21 in hints and tips, social media, technology, Twitter posted by

Social media aggregator ping.fm has proven a popular solution for aggregating microblog updates across a variety of Web sites, such as Twitter, Plurk, Facebook, MySpace and others.

But without warning the site went down today. Instead of the clean friendly dashboard inviting an update, the use was presented with an ugly holding page stating “This page parked free, courtesy of GoDaddy.com”



The Twittersphere is upset. (see also Get Satisfaction)

What happened?

According to various blogs, ping.fm encountered a problem with GoDaddy, which acts as the domain registrar. As the registrar, GoDaddy has power of life or death over its registrants. In this role, it seems ping.fm has been a victim.

And ping.fm is not the first. According to


Domain Name Wire

Domain News

As you’ll see from the screenshot, GoDaddy offers domain registrations for $1.99. What a deal! And what a headache when they mess up.

I guess you get what you pay for.

I register my domains with Dreamhost, who also host my Web sites. They charge rather more, but I’ve never had a problem with domain registration.


3 Comments Leave a comment

  1. Back when I was blogging (2002-2004), I heard about a lot of DOS attacks perpetrated on Dreamhosted sites. Not sure if that’s still the case.

    Just sayin’.

    Comment by Listener — October 21, 2008 @ 2:06 pm

  2. Yeah, they had some problems with uptime and pissed off a lot of customers (me included!) but I stuck with them and they seem to have overcome the growing pains.

    Comment by Roger — October 22, 2008 @ 11:36 am

  3. Ping.fm has posted an update to the situation on their blog. Apparently, not all the problems were due to GoDaddy.


    Comment by Roger — October 28, 2008 @ 4:52 pm

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