Earlier this afternoon, I speculated that FB.com could possibly be used by Facebook for the expected launch of the Facebook mail client/platform next week. About an hour ago, Andrew Allemann published an article that confirmed Facebook was the buyer of FB.com after a Whois update.
I am now going to take a guess that Facebook may have acquired or worked out a deal for FB.CO from the .CO Registry. This is more of guess than was the FB.com purchase since the Whois still maintains the default “Restricted and Reserved names .COInternet”, but here’s why I am speculating:
If you visit FB.CO right now, you’ll see a MediaTemple server default page. If you visit many other 2 letter .CO domain names, they don’t resolve to anything. Strange that this appears to be pending set up but the other names don’t have any DNS settings at all.
Just before the O.CO acquisition for $350,00 by Overstock was announced, I had been looking at one letter .CO domain names to see if I noticed anything. As I recall, the e.CO domain name had a page announcing the upcoming auction, but just about every other domain name didn’t resolve… except for O.CO. That name had a Media Temple server default page.
So… will Facebook or the .CO Registry have an announcement about FB.CO on Monday? If Facebook did acquire FB.CO in addition to FB.com, did they do it for protective measures or to do something different? Monday is going to be a very interesting day,