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”
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
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.