Last night, after watching the Lakers defeat the Jazz by one point I decided to hop onto Twitter and browse a few comments for the word domain. I noticed a few interesting comments, but there was one comment which stood out. The comment had a great deal of negativity behind it and I felt that perhaps if someone could inform the user about our industry that they just might understand that domain investors are not cyber squatters.
“For the record, I hate domain squatters. I know one, he’s a disarmingly nice guy. If I saw him right now, I’d punch him in the teeth.”
After seeing this comment I decided to send a message to the twitter user and see why he felt that he would invoke harm on such a person. This comment was disturbing and I needed to understand why a person would feel like doing something of this nature. Even if the person was playing around, this still didn’t sit right with me.
@jshirley what do you define as a domain squatter?
@dnpimping people who buy domains for the purpose of capitalizing via ads or resales, without putting any effort towards *using* it. Hate.
Jshirley’s definition of a cyber squatter is that of a domain investor! He feels that people who buy domain names for the purpose of monetizing them, without putting much effort into using the domain are cyber squatters! After seeing how misinformed the person really was I took some time out of my day to try and explain to them what a cyber squatter really was. Then I tried to make the distinction of a domain investor and a cyber squatter.
@jshirley people who buy domains for the purpose of capitalizing via ads and resales are known as domain investors.
@jshirley people who target trademarked names are domain squatters.
@jshirley the domain squatters give domain investors a.k.a domainers a bad name.
@jshirley i would love to speak about this with you over the phone next week. I understand where you are coming from.
I pretty much did what I could to try and reach out to this person. Keep in mind I decided to do this in an effort to inform them in an educated manner about the domaining industry. What happens next, really make me realize that there are people out there that will hate everything that we do regardless of the business strategies we partake in. I even tried to setup a phone call as I love to talk with end-users about domain names. I have had plenty of great experiences doing this and was looking forward to doing so with this individual.
@dnpimping you can argue semantics, but you certainly can’t call me. Deal with people hating you, at least you aren’t on Wall St
Deal with people hating you? These are very strong words. There is obviously an underlying problem here, one which stems deeper then what is being stated in these twitter entries. I am curious to find out what kind of experiences this person has had in the past, when it comes to the domaining industry. He said that I CERTAINLY can’t call him as if he was scared about what I had to say. The he had the nerve to rank us on the same scale as some of the ruthless investors on Wall Street.
@jshirley do you believe in investing? Have you ever purchased a house? The person who owned it before you was a property squatter?
I figured this question would spark an educated answer. Almost everyone I have come across has hopes and aspirations for themselves in life. People want the economic freedom to do what means most to them and for myself investing is one of the channels I have partaken in to make this happen. Lets see how jshirley replies to this post.
@dnpimping yeah, if they put up ads and didn’t live in the house. Not helping your case by using stupid analogies.
Lets just say that I am not surprised at the reply. In fact jshirley makes it quite obvious that he is ignorant and won’t here what anyone has to say when it comes to this topic.
@jshirley Chances are they purchased the house as an investment. Just like domainers buy domains as investments.
Obviously jshirley doesn’t like the fact that I am trying to inform him of what we do. After sending this message to him, he posted the following message on his twitter:
Blocking that clown. What an idiot. If you are in a crappy business, just own up. Nobody loves you, but lying makes them hate you.
So instead of trying to educate himself, he ends up block me and then proceeds forward with both name calling and calling our industry and I quote “crappy.” I happen to love this industry and know many people outside of the domaining industry who actually “LOVE” what we do. The only problem that I have encountered is when an individual is misinformed as jshirley and develops a resentment for some undisclosed reason.
If it wasn’t for domainers, there would be a great deal of domain names floating about in the wrong hands. The fact that we try and find people who are interested in purchasing great names shows that the majority of us want to see a domain in the RIGHT hands. We play a major role, one that is needed on the Internet. What jshirley considers squatting is actually domain investing. The fact that we invest into domain names is adding to the economy not substracting from it. If you want me to go political I can also say that we are the reasons why certain small businesses are able to function and provide the much needed jobs that the world economy depends on. Yes it is a small industry, but it funnels into something much larger.
On that note, even after realizing that the user blocked me I decided to send one more message just incase someone decided to follow the conversation.
@jshirley www.domaining.com take some time to educate yourself
Ignorance is bliss, but hatred in any shape or form is downright wrong. Hopefully someone will show @jshirley this blog entry as I would love for him to make a comment to redeem himself. It’s sad that some people just refuse to educate themselves on such a diverse topic. For all we know @jshirley could of been the next great domain investor to partake in our industry.