What Boycott? GoDaddy Gained Users Yesterday

But that doesn't mean 'Dump GoDaddy Day' was a lost cause
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2011 11:58 AM CST
Dump GoDaddy Day? GoDaddy Actually Gained Users on Day of SOPA Boycott
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An impending boycott may have pushed GoDaddy to change position on SOPA, but the boycott itself didn't hurt the company much. Yesterday, the official day of the movement, GoDaddy actually saw a net increase of 20,748 domains, TechDirt reports. Indeed, GoDaddy saw almost twice as many transfers into its systems as out, and the number of new registrations outweighed domain deletions by several thousand.

Still, it's not all bad news for the boycotters. Many left the site before the boycott officially launched yesterday, and that prompted GoDaddy to flip its SOPA stance, writes Mike Masnick. "The whole thing still got a large company that was a huge supporter of these terrible bills to switch its position and recognize that it can't run roughshod over the wishes of its customers." (GoDaddy did notice a "spike in domain name transfers," click to read the company's official statement.)

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