Microsoft acquires Skypesexfinder.com, forwards to Bing using same keywords

Skype Sexfinder

According to WHOIS records, Microsoft has acquired the domain name SkypeSexFinder.com after it apparently expired and became available to the public. 

If you’re looking to hook-up with other adults through Skype using SkypeSexFinder though, you won’t find a Microsoft website on the domain. 

What you will find, however, may surprise you.

While the registration appears to be nothing more than a defensive move to prevent others from registering and using the name, Microsoft is forwarding the domain to its Bing search engine, something it regularly does with its unused domain names.

Instead of not resolving to any website, the domain forwarding sends users to a page of Bing search results where the top result as of today is Skype Sex Contacts, a site that helps people meetup through Skype and have what they call is “adult online cyber fun.”

Microsoft likely has no intention of driving traffic to the contacts site, but it may want to rethink blindly forwarding unused domains to whatever keywords are in the name.

[Update 1 at 8:17am EST:  Since other tech news sites like Winrumors began covering this story within the last hour, the Bing search results have already changed.  You can see a screenshot here of the Bing search engine results that I captured, before the story appeared online.]

Discussion: Winrumors, Neowin.net, The Next WebWPCentral.com and Hot Hardware

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