A few days ago Godaddy.com the world’s largest domain registrar reported that 479 Pope related domain names were registered within the first hour after the announcement.
Today the .com/.net Registry Verisign reported that “between the time Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation and the choosing of Pope Francis I, there were more than 1,300 new domains registered across the .com and .net top level domains with keywords related to the papacy”.
On a related note the Chicago lawyer Chris Connors, who registered the domain name PopeFrancis.com three years ago is going to give the domain to the Roman Catholic Church.
According to the Chicago Tribune, “Connors contacted officials in the Chicago Archdiocese, and Cardinal George told the Tribune on Friday that he had received the message and was delighted to hear the news.
Of course the Godaddy report included other domain registered with not only the .com and .net extensions and of course only at Godaddy.com