This Man Bought Google.com For Just $12 and Then Owned It For an Entire Minute

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An ex-employee at Google bought sole ownership of the domain name “Google.com,” but was relieved of his hosting powers after only one minute.

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Sanmay Ved worked for Google for five and a half years before leaving to get his MBA. While he was searching around in Google Domains late one night, he noticed that the Google.com domain was available for purchase.

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Not believing that he would actually be able to purchase the domain, he added it to his cart. To his surprise, the $12 transaction went through and he became the owner of the most trafficked domain in the world. Ved told Business Insider:

“I used to work at Google so I keep messing around with the product. I type in Google.com and to my surprise it showed it as available. I thought it was some error, but I could actually complete check out.

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“The scary part was I had access to the webmaster controls for a minute.”

Ved is not sure why he was able to buy the domain name, but he suggested that it might be a glitch in Google’s Domains or a mistake within the administration who accidentally forgot to renew the name.

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Either way, Ved’s ownership was revoked after only a minute. He received an email that said that the domain name was purchased by another registered site, and he was refunded his $12.

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Although Ved was only in charge of the most visited internet domain for one minute he said:

“I can’t shake that feeling that I actually owned Google.com.”

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