The .eu Domain is Spawning .edu Hacks

I should have seen this one coming. According to Bret Fausett’s blog, the .eu domain is being registered by individuals hoping to capitalize on Web users who leave off the “d” when typing in their favorite college URL.

For example, the UCLA.eu domain is not owned by UCLA. The same goes for Vandy and Texas. And someone in the Netherlands grabbed the domain for my undergrad alma mater: missouri.eu. Why didn’t I think of that?

Now, I have to believe that people will still find their way to their university Web sites, despite the efforts of those who have registered the .eu domains.

By the way, the folks at Harvard were on the ball and locked up their domain.

If you want to check out your school, visit whois.eu.

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Author: John Yunker

John co-founded Byte Level Research in 2000 and is author of The Web Globalization Report Card. He also co-founder of Ashland Creek Press.