Less than two months ago, the Internet was embroiled in a heated battle to stop acts like SOPA and PIPA. At the time, the loyal users of Wikipedia urged the foundation behind the site to shut down for 24 hours in protest. As we all know, it did just that.
Following up on another promise, the foundation behind Wikipedia has started to remove its domains from Go Daddy’s service. The news was slipped into a February engineering report:
Domain names — The Wikimedia Foundation has started to move its domain names from GoDaddy to MarkMonitor (announcement).
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The announcement that it links to is from Wikimedia’s Jay Walsh on February 13th that said:
Hi folks – you may have seen some media coverage recently about Wikimedia’s intentions around GoDaddy. It is true that WMF is still planning to move 100% away from GoDaddy for all of its domain name services.
I’ve been informed that we’re currently working with MarkMonitor to carry out a full switch-over, which as many of you will appreciate, takes time. WMF is going to post to the blog and generally share this information as soon as the process is complete. Until then, it does mean that you’ll see in some of our DNS registrations that GoDaddy is still listed. We’re working on it :)
Thanks – and stay tuned for more news in the next week.
The foundation again has stayed true to its word, and even though Go Daddy backed off of its support of SOPA immediately, the whole situation apparently left a bad taste in Wikimedia’s mouth.
Score another one for the Internet.
The Wikimedia Foundation wasn’t the only one threatening to leave Go Daddy, as Ben Huh from the Cheezburger Network famously kicked it all off with a tweet. Cheezburger domains appear to have stayed with Go Daddy, as of this moment.