CrunchGear and TechCrunch

I found a recent TechCrunch post about FaceBook and “domain squatting” amusing. Initially. Especially charming was this gem of an insert, which was NOT banner advertising, to buy the KillFacebook.com domain.

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Facebook Tries To Squash 21 Squatted Domain Names

Facebook is trying to gain ownership over 21 domain names that include the term ‘facebook’, including FacebookSafety.com. The domain names are all currently owned by Domain Asset Holdings… when you visit those URLs, they are all listed for sale – some even feature the reserve prices (FacebookCheats.com is priced at $4,000).

When I scrolled to the end of the article to indicate my approval in the reader feedback section, I was reminded that TechCrunch only accepts comments using the FaceBook social plug-in. They recently switched from Disqus comment service. Then I felt irritated rather than amused.

The gadget-specific associated site CrunchGear has very sensibly returned to Disqus comments. Interesting that they broke ranks. By the way, the link to CrunchGear that I provided does not lead to a canned Wikipedia definition. It goes instead to a lightly amusing story about stress testing iPad glass. For your reading pleasure. I think CrunchGear is quite under-appreciated.

UPDATE: Disqus recently made it even easier to comment and give feedback by offering integration with Google accounts yesterday.

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Published in: on March 25, 2011 at 12:18 am  Comments (2)  
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  1. I think it’s so annoying when a website like Tech Crunch just installs a new commenting system, especially when it’s one that only uses Facebook! I mean come on, not everyone uses Facebook!

  2. Yes that’s so true. Now almost every one has started using the same criteria for commenting, either it is through Facebook or Twitter.


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