Fat Fingers, Cameroon's Latest Natural Resource
from the vowels-are-so-web-1.0 dept
Not to be outdone by its Nigerian neighbors, Cameroon has come up with a new way to make some money off the Net. Blessed with a fortunate top-level domain, .cm, the Cameroon registry redirects any unregistered .cm domain to a page full of ads, resulting in a slew of accusations of typo-squatting. Typosquatting is becoming quite popular lately, but this is the first instance of an entire top-level domain qualifying as typosquatting. It’s not, however, the first time a country has tried to capitalize on a fortunate top-level domain assignment. So, what to do? OpenDNS announced that its DNS service would allow users to filter out the .cm domain, which would then allow the typo-correction service that OpenDNS offers to kick in. Typo correction for registered domains is a slippery slope, so OpenDNS is approaching this with caution. Then again, OpenDNS makes money off ads on its error pages, so that’s money that might have gone to Cameroon. Ultimately, the winner of all of this jockeying
is Google are contextual ad providers, who have ingeniously managed to cram ads into every last nook and crannie on the planet without having to look the least bit evil (updated to clarify).