Monday Memo: Who Is Next?

| November 16, 2020

By Holland Cooke
Consultant

 

BLOCK ISLAND, RI — Still sulking about the 2020 election? That’s SO last-year.

Donald Trump’s improbable 2016 win kick-started a four-year 2020 campaign that began the way the 2016 run did, with a crowded debate stage. And – already— 2024 contenders are assembling…virtually.

Wondering WHO IS – quietly – thinking four-years-yonder?
There are clues, at Whois.com, where you can type in an internet domain name, to see if it’s available or already taken, and, possibly, by-whom.

  • MikePence2024.com is registered, by Political Domains, LLC, a Delaware corporation. Apparently this company is what’s called “a cyber-squatter,” meaning they bought the name and are offering it for sale.
  • When I tried to learn more, my web browser warned-me-against GOING TO PoliticalDomains.com, but Google Search gave me a peek at their Mission Statement: “So you made the choice to run. Congratulations! Now its time to identify yourself online. Political Domains is the largest independent holder of political domains.”
  • Pence2024.com is held by Scottsdale, Arizona-based DomainsByProxy.com, whose motto – a registered trademark mind you — is “Your identity is nobody’s business but ours.®”
  • And it’s too late to grab Kamala2024.com. Someone – IN California – already did, but we can’t tell who.
  • DonJR2024.com is also taken, and by-whom is also masked. And is a family feud brewing?
  • Why wait? Back in 2016 Delaware based B2BComputerRentals.com grabbed-up Ivanka2024.com. On HER behalf?  Stay tuned.

Also registered:

  • Cuomo2040.com
  • Nikki2024.com
  • Haley2024.com
  • Newsom2024.com

Holland Cooke – who himself is cybersquatting at GetOnTheNet.com — is a media consultant working at the intersection of broadcasting and the Internet. He is the author of the E-book “Multiply Your Podcast Subscribers, Without Buying Clicks,” available from Talkers books (click the banner on this page).  And he hosts “The Big Picture” TV show Friday nights at 7ET on RT America.  Follow HC on Twitter @HollandCooke

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