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Sean Parker’s biggest contribution to domain names: Drop the “The”

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TechCrunch has posted an article about the parody video on YouTube titled Drop The The (The Social Network Song) that was produced by Benji Samit and Dan Hernandez of Single Serving Films

Dressed up like Justin Timberlake and surrounded by bling, the fake Sean Parker raps about dropping the word “The” from Facebook and other companies like “The Gap”.

If you haven’t watched the movie “The Social Network”, in one scene, Sean Parker who co-founded Napster and was played by Justin Timberlake in the film, advises Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin during their first dinner meeting to drop the word “the” in the company’s name and web address:   

It’s been reported that Facebook then bought the domain name in August 2005 for a reported $200,000.

It looks like the video may go viral with the help of TechCrunch, but at the time of this story it has just over 1,000 views on YouTube.


NHN Corporation Korea’s premier Internet company, new owners of

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NHN Corporation, Korea’s premier Internet company which operates some of the largest portals are the new owners of which sold during the Premium .ME auction held in November at Sedo’s GreatDomains.  The sale price: $26,500 USD. 

According to the company’s website, NHN operates Korea’s top search portal, Naver ( the leading online game portal, Hangame ( the nation’s largest children’s portal, Jr. Naver (, Korea’s the first online donation portal, Happybean ( and microblog service Me2DAY (

NHN Corporation and .ME

The company has invested extensively in .ME domains.

NHN which already owned, also acquired several other Premium .ME domains during the auction including for ($13,100), ($7,600), ($6,700), ($10,000), ($15,600) and ($8,200). might be the company’s best buy, given that Facebook has made “Like me” a well-recognized phrase throughout the world.  How the company plans to use the name has not been revealed, but given the popularity of the phrase, the company has a lot of options.

In case you haven’t seen how Facebook has grown, here’s a look at the latest statistics from Facebook.

People on Facebook
  • More than 500 million active users
  • 50% of our active users log on to Facebook in any given day
  • Average user has 130 friends
  • People spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook
Activity on Facebook
  • There are over 900 million objects that people interact with (pages, groups, events and community pages)
  • Average user is connected to 80 community pages, groups and events
  • Average user creates 90 pieces of content each month
  • More than 30 billion pieces of content (web links, news stories, blog posts, notes, photo albums, etc.) shared each month.
Global Reach
  • More than 70 translations available on the site
  • About 70% of Facebook users are outside the United States
  • Over 300,000 users helped translate the site through the translations application
  • More than 2.5 million developers and partners from more than 190 countries build with Facebook Platform
  • People on Facebook install 20 million applications every day
  • Every month, more than 250 million people engage with Facebook on external websites
  • Since social plugins launched in April 2010, an average of 10,000 new websites integrate with Facebook every day
  • More than two million websites have integrated with Facebook, including over 80 of comScore’s U.S. Top 100 websites and over half of comScore’s Global Top 100 websites
  • There are more than 200 million active users currently accessing Facebook through their mobile devices.
  • People that use Facebook on their mobile devices are twice as active on Facebook than non-mobile users.
  • There are more than 200 mobile operators in 60 countries working to deploy and promote Facebook mobile products
News surpasses 50,000 fans on Facebook

candy, the domain name that sold for $3MM+, surpassed the 50,000 fan mark on its Facebook page (, hitting over 56,000 fans recently.  

While has many of its competitors beat in the search engines for the search term ‘candy’, there’s still some catching up to do on Facebook. 

Hershey’s, the candy company that was originally founded in 1894, has over 1.5 million fans on its Facebook page (  But considering was only founded in 2009, it’s doing rather well thanks to its category-killer domain name.

This year, has been getting much more social. 

It unveiled its re-designed blog on its one-year anniverary.  The blog has excellent articles for candy enthusiasts, written by Sue Gillerlain, the former executive editor of Professional Candy Buyer magazine and a current contributing editor at Candy & Snack TODAY magazine. is also on Twitter.

What’s interesting to note about Candy companies on Facebook, it wasn’t a candy company that grabbed the vanity URL ‘candy’ on Facebook.  It was a person:  Candy He who got to the vanity URL before anyone else.

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Recent sales of Facebook, iPhone, and Twitter domain names

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Since its launch Flippa has been a goldmine for domain and web site owners who quickly flip for cash. 

Although there are a large number of people selling legit properties, there are others who sell questionable sites and domain names.  And while not every listing is necessarily a violation, either way, the demand continues to grow on the Flippa marketplace for all things Google, Apple and of course social networking: particularly Twitter and Facebook.

While most might call it risky behavior to flirt with trademark violations, the latest sales data over at Flippa indicates not much is going to change anytime soon.

Deals are getting done despite potential problems down the road for new owners. 

In case you’re wondering what’s been selling, here’s a look at some of the recent sales of Facebook, iPhone and Twitter domain names/web sites sold through Flippa. sold for $1,400 today sold for $41 yesterday sold for $610 yesterday sold for $350 yesterday sold for $225 on Nov. 19 sold for $1,010 on Nov. 19 sold for $77 on Nov. 18 sold for $100 on Nov. 17

News sells for $30,201 at public auction on Flippa


As reported in early October, the domain name once owned by Mark Zuckerberg was put up for auction by its owner with a minimum starting bid of $8,000.  The domain name has been sold at public auction on Flippa for $30,201, a hefty profit for the owner who purchased the domain for just $799 in 2009.

At the time of this post, re-directs to, a domain name that is currently parked at Sedo., the incorrect spelling of Mark Zuckerberg’s “Face Mash” was put up for auction by its owner, too.  The owner tried capitalizing on the buzz surrounding “The Social Network” movie as well, but didn’t fare too well at eBay auction

The winning bid pulled in just over $200.