Sometimes comments uncover more than just the initial topic. A perfect example is the weekend banter with regards to Kevin Murphy’s comment about the sale of Hatred.com.
— Kevin Murphy (@DomainIncite) June 24, 2017
After that there were some back and forth replies on Twitter and around the blogosphere.
Ali Zandi went back and forth with Murphy and I think Ali won that back and forth on Twitter. For whatever reason when asked to explain his comment better, Murphy really just used semantics in my opinion.
An investor makes a nice sale and your choice words are “rip off”? C’mon dude. What?
The choice of words is perfectly valid.
Oh yea? How so? Everyone who invests in domains and sells them for a profit is ripping people off? Why does anyone invest in anything then?
I didn’t say any of that.
Then if that’s not what you meant, the choice of wording was poor. Whether you see it or not.
People in this business sometimes find enemies where there are none. I don’t know why.
Enemy? You get called out when you are in the wrong – that’s how it works. Humble yourself bro.
I’ll gladly admit to being wrong, when I am wrong. What did I do wrong?
“Ripping off” is synonymous with thieving and has a negative connotation. It spreads negative perceptions about domain investing.
I disagree. Think about when in your life you said something was a “rip off”. Did you usually mean it was theft, or just expensive?
Does that not still carry a negative connotation?
Often, yes it does. But it the buyer is Milo, who gives a…?
I don’t know the buyer, bro. Only thing that matters is how sales are publicly treated as it is important to the growth of our industry.
You don’t know what the context of my original tweet was?
Exactly my point. Imagine how many others don’t and the assumptions they’ll make the next time they’re quoted prices on a high value asset.
Hopefully they’re not an anti-racist charity, they might get quoted a price $38,000 higher than a domainer would 🙂
Do you, bro.
“Do what you feel is best for you, in short, do you.”
Now there were some other people who tweeted at Murphy, the founder of this blog Mike Berkens tweeted the following:
Kevin if your not a registrar or registry then you’re a domain investor who like any other investor looks to buy low & sell high #whatwedo
Shane Cultra tweeted:
Kevin, you really should pick a different industry to write about if you are going to mock large sales.Even though your write real nice like
The person who sold the domain went back and forth with Murphy as well:
This is that domainer – how did I rip him off? Look up what that means before trying to make me look like a thief- this is reckless
— dynas domains (@Uglydork) June 24, 2017
A compliment? You are publicly calling me a thief! I don’t ever rip anyone off and I dare you to find someone I ripped off
— dynas domains (@Uglydork) June 24, 2017
You can follow the whole convo stream here
In his daily picks post Shane Cultra wrote about the incident and included the following:
I can’t speak for everyone but I certainly feel uncomfortable having someone who writes and represents our industry telling the world via twitter that you’ve paid too much for a domain. It’s bad for the industry, its bad for business.
I also cannot speak for everyone, and I understand where Shane is coming from, I never thought of anyone else as representing me or anyone I know in this business. While I agree if GoDaddy had a rampant fraud issue that might portray the overall business of domain names in a bad light. But the opinion of a domain blogger, IMO, again opinion, represents themselves, no one else, if they make friends great, but they are really representing no one but themselves in the end.
Let’s take one more look at the initial tweet, Murphy got 7 likes, one of them by Domain Name Wire, a far more popular blog than Domain Incite. So do people in and out of the industry believe that Andrew agrees with Murphy and the seller ripped Milo off? In any context of the word, since it seems everyone wants to interpret “ripped off” in their own way.
I know that liking on social media can sometimes be foggy as there is no other button to click and convey a bit of a different sentiment. In this case I would take a like to convey agreement with the notion of rip off, in one way or another.
What about Namestats, Mark Levine, I love Emojis? They all liked the tweet. If someone sells an emoji domain for $10,000 will that be a rip off? Should several industry participants like a tweet that says it was a rip off?
Murphy has every right to believe what he wants, just like others have the right to think that it’s a misguided statement. And newsflash, everyone who comments on blogs and posts on forums is not pro domainer, they are anti selling for large amounts. Some domain investors are self-loathing, some people spend a lot of time in the industry just to troll.
We are not all on the same team, no matter how hard some try to convince others we are. We may share some common goals in a broad sense, like UDRP reform or Verisign’s .com contract, but there are many subjects where we stand alone.
That’s just my opinion I could be wrong. (homage to Dennis Miller)