20yr Old Student Buys Google Domain For $12
The internet is full of weird things, we admit. But owning a website which everyone on the internet uses every single day for a measly $12 seems too weird to be true. But it happened. On 29th September, a 29-year-old MBA student, Sanmay Ved, bought the Google.com domain for $12, and even was able to take full control over it. But alas, that lasted for just 60 seconds after Google recognized the fault and fixed the issue right away.
The juicy details of what happened are all over the LinkedIn account of Sanmay Ved. He explained that the reason behind this was he is a complete fanboy of Google services, and was just browsing and checking out what the interface looks like when you search for a domain. After searches of domain with the word ‘Google’ in them, he was surprised to see that despite the fact, that the .in, .net, .us and other domains has being registered, the ‘.com’ domain was still available. After a quick payment of $12, the world’s most popular domain was his, but only for a minute.
Aside from basking in the glory of being the owner of the domain for 60 seconds, he also received an undisclosed amount of money from the corporation for recognizing the bug, even if it wasn’t what he had on his mind when buying the domain. But he rejected the cheque, stating that his intention wasn’t monetary in the first place. He instead requested the amount of money to be donated to an institution in India that provides support for the poor and uneducated people.
This goodwill of his appealed to Google, who now have donated the original amount plus a second donation of the same sum to the charity. He also jokes on the topic, stating that his ownership of the domain was a result of the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s visit to the Google Headquarters promoting the concept of digital India.