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Colin Colehour [PersonRank 10]

Wednesday, August 27, 2008
11 years ago3,867 views

It's interesting that he didn't officially declare his run for presidency until Feb 10, 2007. But the record creation for the domain name Obama08.com shows 15 Jul 2004 07:10:38. Or is that altered because of the WhoIs privacy setting?

Dub [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

Looked up with this tool:
yougetsignal.com/tools/web-sit ...

There're a loads of other stuff (some NSFW named URIs) –

Cybersquatted?

Seth Finkelstein [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

If you're really interested, you might want to investigate the historical whois info archived here (requires a fee – so I haven't done it)

whois.domaintools.com/obama08.com

martin [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

web.archive.org/web/*/obama08. ...
seems as if set up in feb07...

Colin Colehour [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

So it was put up after he made his announcement on Feb 10 of that year.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

I don't think the Wayback Machine is necessarily a good indicator for when a site went fully live, because it may simply not have indexed the site earlier even when it was live.

Manoj Nahar [PersonRank 4]

11 years ago #

Some historic screenshots here

domaintools.com/historic-thumb ...

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Those screenshots only display for users with Gold membership. Otherwise, you get to see a random selection from gatesfoundation.org, nasa.gov, slashdot.com, spry.com or whitehouse.com instead.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Tony when I first clicked that link I got some screenshots with e.g. McCain. Do they show the actual site the first visit even when you're not a paying member or was the McCain bit from another site?

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

McCain was possibly from whitehouse.com I guess:

domaintools.com/historic-thumb ...

I got spry.com screenshots when I first loaded the page.

Luca [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

toolbar.netcraft.com/site_repo ...

netcraft is a good indicator, normally, check out the " first seen" date :September 2004!!

Muddybulldog [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

The July '04 registration would coincide with his speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. I wasn't big into politics at the time, but after seeing highlights of that speech I knew it wouldn't be long before he was pushed towards the presidency. The initial registration was probably done by someone realizing the same thing.

gary price [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

There have been 56 changes to the Obama08.com WHOIS record since it first came online in 2004.

Currently it is registered to a domain proxy service.
Obama08.com was first registered for one year on 7.15.04 by:
"Registered to Protect From Squatters."

It was then renewed (one year at a time) for a few more years (05, 06, 07, 08) by the same group.

On April 4, 2008 the domain registration was transferred to:
Whois Privacy Protection Service, Inc.
with name servers pointing to
NS1.FABULOUS.COM
NS2.FABULOUS.COM
These servers then appear to redirect to Google.

If you're interested,
BarackObama.com (his official site) was first registered in 2000 to a person in Chicago where Obama lives and was formally an Illinois State Legislator and U.S. Senator.

Other registered owners of the domain since it was first registered were:
Obama for Illinois
Obama2010

On April 18, 2007 the domain became registered to Obama for America
It currently uses nameservers:
NS05.DOMAINCONTROL.COM
NS06.DOMAINCONTROL.COM

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