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Facebook acquires the domain name Instachecker dot-com


According to WHOIS records, Facebook is now the owner of the domain

Facebook acquired the name through the internet brand protection company MarkMonitor.

Considering the word “insta” in the domain, instachecker likely has something to do with Instagram, the online photo-sharing company that Facebook bought in 2012.  For now, it’s just speculation, as Instachecker may be nothing more than a defensive registration to protect its Instagram service. was first registered in late May 2012.  The previous owner used a WHOIS privacy service, so the price paid for the domain will likely never be known.

The social networking company doesn’t seem all that interested in “Instachecker” if you look purely at domain registrations, having only acquired the dot-com.  The dot-net, dot-org, and other top-level domain names are still available.

At the time of this story, does not resolve to a web page.

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