Godaddy: Don't Buy dot-TV Domains, The Island is Sinking.

If I'm reading the pop-up window correctly, domain registrar Godaddy recommends against purchasing .tv domain names because the island of Tuvalu, which the domain represents, is sinking. One more reason not to get bent out of shape over the fact that CNN bought "" out from under us back in 2007. (via Eddie Codel)


  1. Wouldn’t this be a reason to buy a .tv domain? Once the island is underwater they will stop issuing domains. They will be rare.

  2. Technically the island is staying where it is, but it’s so shallow that it will be submerged by even a modest rise in ocean level. That’s why I insist that my tropical islands all come with active volcanoes.

  3. If BB did not own the domain at the time, how could they have bought it out ‘from under you’?

  4. Monkeythumpa is right! Maybe in a few years, it’d be like having an Atlantis domain. What would that be anyway .atl? .at? .ats?

    Although, it isn’t as if your websites would actually be hosted at Tuvalu, or run through networks there, is it? So there’s no physical reason the domain should expire just because those islands sink. And in the meantime, aren’t those Tuvaluans (Tuvalese? Tuvalunes? Tuvalutes?) trying to raise enough funds to move their whole population someplace else? I thought there was talk of moving the whole nation to Australia. So they’re going to need the money they’d get from licensing the .TV domain.

    Having a .tv address should become a sign of support and compassion for their cause. Their largest island is hardly large enough for a game of Ultimate Frisbee, and they’re losing it to global warming. That’s enough suckage for one tiny nation already. Go Daddy shouldn’t be trashing their cause.

  5. Of course, even if it sinks, it’s still a nation, so after it sinks, enough people can buy citizenship cheap, r-write the constitution, and whammo, instant indisputable micro-nation. Net-based currency for all!

  6. One more reason not to get bent out of shape over the fact that CNN bought “” out from under us back in 2007.

    Oh, yeah, right…

    Wait…. What?!

  7. About the domain:

    the provided link to domintools returns the following information:

    Error Message

    Server response:
    No match for

  8. Haha, that’s pretty hilarious, just the comment on GoDaddy. I always thought .tv domains just stood for television. Not some sinking island. Lol.

  9. @15

    No, sorry to you – cybersquatters suck, no two ways about it. Thanks for the thoroughness, though of your post and the link provided – not your responsibility domaintools returns what it does. Keep up the good work I enjoy reading everyday.

  10. BOINGBOING.ME is available if you guys are planning a “mobile edition”/”middle east”/”is about you!(tm)” section. And I don’t think that Montenegro is going to sink any time soon.

  11. GoDaddy hosts my kids’ boy scout troop site, which my spouse administrates.

    GoDaddy tech support says “there is no way to password protect your pages” full stop. This from three separate techs!

    The parents want a password-protected page to share email addresses with each other, and the kids too. They do not want to post a unprotected page full of valid email addresses of young boys for pederasts to find (This is of course ridiculous, and what they need to worry about is SPAMMERS and botnets scraping those addresses, not pedophiles).

    But in any case, GoDaddy is unable to provide any assistance with this butt-simple task. Use another registrar.

    1. read up on .htaccess and .htpasswd files then do it yourself.
      odd if the techs dont know how, or want people to secure their site. :?

  12. #19: *watches as Montenegro slips beneath the waves into Davy Jones’ locker* Now look what you’ve done!

  13. @ Gavrielm #19:

    If we all work together I bet we can turn the phrase “BoingBoing me!” into some kind of sexual innuendo.

  14. #20:

    Godaddy’s not all that bad as a registrar… but they’re a dreadful host. Register with GoDaddy, host elsewhere.

  15. #23 Godaddy’s not all that bad as a registrar
    I second that. Their hosting may suck and their marketing is creepy, but their domain registration and certs are competitively priced and I have never had any problem reaching a live, English-speaking support rep immediately. Most web retailers make you search endlessly for their support number and then subject you to a labyrinth of touch-tone options. I’ve switched all my registration and cert business to GoDaddy for this very reason.

  16. pardon me if someone’s already written this but if i’m not mistaken, a company bought what amounts to a long term lease on the .tv domain from the island about 8 years ago. I think they paid like $10 million which was enough for a new highway and not much else. it’s a shame tuvalu didn’t negotiate a piece of the back end…

  17. I must admit I avoid websites with strange domain tags.

    However I do believe .biz should be the ironic domain for future low brow websites.

  18. I think the story-behind-the-joke is that GoDaddy can’t offer .tv domains, so they’re spreading funny(ish) false rumors about it instead.

    I have an .fm domain, and I think the same company maintains the .fm, .am and .tv registries. For one brief moment in the 1990s, it seemed that they would be the trendy spot for existing radio and TV stations.

    Guess not.

  19. @#23 & 25

    I’d be careful of GoDaddy even as a registrar.

    A decade or so ago, many registrars started writing into their contracts that if you registered a domain with them, they were actually the owner and they were merely leasing your own domain back to you.

    So, for instance, if you happened to own and the IBM corporation wanted to buy your domain, the registrar to could refund your $15, kick you off your own domain, and collect a big fat check from IBM by selling your (their) domain out from under you. It’s been many, many years, but I remember reading about this actually happening; I’m pretty certain the registrar was GoDaddy.

    They may have changed the contract wording by now. But when I started registering domains in the mid-90’s, I looked at GoDaddy’s legalese and ran screaming to a different registrar.

  20. Not to totally talk past the point, but the island of Tuvalu isn’t so much “sinking” as sea levels are rising due to the effects of climate change.

    I’ll always remember this NPR story I heard a while ago where the people of Tuvalu pooled their money to send an ambassador to the UN’s climate talks at the time with an impassioned plea for their nation’s existence:

    But this has been going on for a while:

  21. If we turn it into a rubbish dump, it can still be saved. They could sacrifice one of the islands and have it start growing today.

  22. After turning on a TV for the first time in a long time today, and wading through a rising ocean of commercials trying to find any dry land of substantive content on network broadcast, I began to wonder: Which will disappear faster, Tuvalu or TV?

  23. @ Anonymous #34: I think you’re thinking of Nauru, which is one of only two independent countries with a population smaller than Tuvalu. That was a great TAL episode though.

  24. So, you haven’t yet taken CNN to court yet for cybersquatting because . . .

    If you happen to need a good lawyer for such a thing, I would happy to take that on contingency. Or for free, just for fun.

  25. @ iason #41: I’m no lawyer, but I don’t think you can do much in a civil action if there are no damages. It would take far more than owning a domain name similar to somebody else’s (and they aren’t even doing anything with it, commercial or otherwise) to even make it worth the filing fee. Best case scenario the judge awards $1 damages and requires that the domain be transferred. And all that would do is *cost* boingboing money because now they’d have to pay the domain reg renewals.

  26. Domain Name: BOINGBOING.TV
    Whois Server:
    Referral URL:
    Name Server: TWDNS-01.NS.AOL.COM
    Name Server: TWDNS-02.NS.AOL.COM
    Name Server: TWDNS-03.NS.AOL.COM
    Name Server: TWDNS-04.NS.AOL.COM
    Updated Date: 21-apr-2009
    Creation Date: 18-may-2007
    Expiration Date: 18-may-2010

  27. considering they’re going to be opening up all sorts of domains soon with just about any extension, i don’t think .tv would be going anywhere. Guess Tuvulu will just become one of those nations without land.

  28. How funny… I actually work for GoDaddy — albeit not directly for the domains group. I’ll ask around, see if I can probably find out who wrote this. (FWIW, they’re a pretty good employer here in the PHX area…)

  29. Once Tuvulu is under water it will be the perfect location for the Secret Headquarters of!

  30. As the owner of a .tv site that is currently underwater, it’s only appropriate that the island would sink too.

  31. so what happens to people that have a .tv domain – I contribute to a music blog that uses a .tv account (, will the domain be in jeopardy if the nation sinks? They wouldn’t rescind the contract would they?

  32. just checked the USPTO database.. You Haven’t Trademarked Boingboing ?


  33. Tuvalu sold the rights to its domain for $50 Million (keeping the right to still use it for national websites).

  34. I find it difficult to believe that I’m the first person to point out that there is no single “island of Tuvalu.” Tuvalu is a nation comprising a group of islands, none of which is individually named Tuvalu. The capital island is Funafuti.


    same name server as cartoon network, but obviously a conspiracy, not like “boing boing” and “tv” would have anything to do with cartoons and television

    now, if John K. had registered it the use would obviously be innocent, but since a large corporation is involved it is obviously an attack on the happy mutants

  36. All of the television networks bought .TV domain names and use them exclusively History Go Daddy jacked up the price for .TV domains to $39.99 and is using a marketing ploy to sell the .tv names as such.This is all based on fright of a island that may perish someday. All proper domains are decided by and regulated ICANN and should be the only mitigating source for the demise of a .TV extention. Certainly not Bob Parsons of Go………… The Networks will never let the extention die…follow the money…!!

  37. I am shocked at even the remote posibility .tv could sink. If the island does sink then making .tv only a media domain name makes it much more valuable.

    Also, what about integrity? The registars built up .tv to its customers and now some say its no good? Godaddy should use its influence to protect their customers who bought .tv’s from them, not bring down the value.

  38. If Godaddy is adamant about this then why aren’t the tv domains names going to $1 instead of the price they are?
    Does Godaddy intend buying them all and then selling them back to the public at a higher price????????

  39. I’m launching an TV network (tiny little network) and I’m not sure if I should roll out with the .TV or the .COM domain that I secured. What do you think? Which DN should I use for marketing and communications. Example, let’s assume the network name is Four Television, should I use or I want to brand the network as “four” not “four tv” thus the dot come situation throws me off. Feedback? Thank you.

  40. Why would the island sinking be a problem?

    1) while most governments are sinking, they could be the first to be fully functionally while underwater!

    2) Having no land doesn’t prevent a government from continuing (Tibet)

    3) Supporting a sinking nation could enable them to solve the problem! They might start importing all the mounds of “trash” from developed countries and build gigantic mountains as countries do now and have done for centuries. Landfill becomes the mountains of tomorrow — already packed with mineral wealth to mine in the future! They could become rich by solving the landfill problems of other countries!

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