Yahoo is putting a series of major domain names up for sale after it uncovered numerous dormant sites that could be worth over $4m.
Deputy general counsel for the company, Kevin Kramer, said that the domains it owns, such as sandwich.com, webserver.com and av.com, could be worth a fortune to some firms and so Yahoo was putting them out there for others to snap up.
“When you’re a company that’s been around as long as Yahoo, there are lots of fun things that you stumble across. This year, we found a huge list of domain names that the company has owned for quite some time,” he said.
“As we discussed what to do with them, it became obvious that it was time to set them free, back into the wild of the internet. Surely creative people, businesses and entrepreneurs could come up with something great to do with them. They could even spark some brand new ideas or companies.”
The domains will be up for auction from 14-21 November and more domains are being released in the coming days, Kramer said. Other notable domains up for sale, including Kramer's potential use suggestions, include:
- Crackers.com (Snack-rating site?)
- Sled.com (Winter is coming)
- Blogsport.com (Perfect if blogging ever becomes an Olympic sport)
- Jockeys.com (A social network for people who ride horses?)
Bidding won’t be cheap, with av.com given an estimated range of between $1m and $1.5m, webservers.com set between $250,000 and $500,000 and sandwich.com between $50,000 and $100,000. If all the domains sell for the top of their estimates, Yahoo would raise around $4.2m.
The fact Yahoo only came across the domain names in the past few months after years of turmoil underlines just how cluttered and poorly managed the firm had become. Since the appointment of Marissa Mayer the firm appears to be turning things around, albeit slowly.
Another odd incident at the firm saw it lambasted by the security community for offering caps and t-shirts to security researchers who uncovered flaws in its products. This has since been rectified with rewards now up to $15,000 for issues uncovered.
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