Dec 26, 2011

How long will it take before you forgive Go Daddy for supporting SOPA, and why does Apple get a pass for the same thing?

I don't use Go Daddy, but a friend of mine has about a dozen domains that he plans to transfer away from Go Daddy by the end of the month due to their support of SOPA. Since the issue of SOPA support came to light, and people freaked out on Go Daddy, they reversed themselves and are now opposed to SOPA. Batman, my overly convenient decision senses are tingling! Personally, I have no relationship with Go Daddy, but I will keep this in mind in the future and it will make me reluctant to do business with them. I wonder how much of an impact will this have on Go Daddy; will it be forgotten quickly or have long term consequences, and encourage other companies to think ahead about the type of laws they support? And why isn't there outrage against Apple and Microsoft for initially supporting SOPA?


this is not good

I tried Go Daddy once to host my blogs and hated it. I fled back to Hosting Matters. So I have no fond feelings about Go Daddy at all. Ugh.

The SOPA thing is just another nail in Go Daddy's coffin to me. The fact that the company seemed to remain clueless about public outrage about SOPA just shows what their internal mind-set is about these kinds of things.

I doubt it will really hurt them in the long run though. The public tends not to have a very long memory about these sorts of things. If Go Daddy does something similar though it might bring back memories of this.

We'll have to wait and see if they are stupid enough to make the same mistake.

According to NameCheap, who it must be pointed out is a competitor, Go Daddy is submitting incomplete domain information when a change is requested, which makes it nearly impossible to process the change.  If this is accurate information, and Go Daddy is intentionally hampering efforts to move domains in violation of ICANN rules, many Go Daddy customers are going to morph from irritated at the company to furious.  I can forgive legitimate differences of opinion on issues like SOPA, but I am not one to forgive a company that uses strong arm tactics against its customers.   


I think one thing that differentiates the SOPA blowback for Apple vs. Go Daddy is that Apple saw the writing on the wall much quicker and ran away from their SOPA support as fast as they could, as did Microsoft.  After the wall of negative publicity hit (including here at ITworld, I'm happy to say) and there were lots of angry posts by the tech savvy public, Go Daddy STILL maintained its support for SOPA.  It was only when an organized grassroots effort sprang up specifically targeting Go Daddy with a focused effort to move customers away from the company Go Daddy suddenly got SOPA religion.  It doesn't take a very perceptive individual to see that there was only one motivation in Go Daddy's stepping away, and that was money.  Period.  They clearly didn't mind anything else about SOPA, and lent their name to support that terrible proposed bill for months.  So while I can't speak for anyone else, I for one will not be forgiving about that support, and Go Daddy is a company that can be certain that they will never get a single dollar from me

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