In case you don't already know, someone recently snatched up my domain (www.matthewwensing.com) when I failed to re-register it (actually, I purposefully failed to re-register it, but assumed I could transfer it before someone would buy it—after all, who else would want the domain 'matthewwensing'?). So now matthewwensing.com provides Mortgage Refinancing spam to the citizens of Belarus
I contacted the current owner of the domain. Found out his name was Midas. When I contacted him about reclaiming the domain (after all, if I were famous, this could be considered identity theft/infringement/libel), Midas gave a hefty laugh (OK, so actually I just imagined that part in my head) and said he had 'never really considered selling it . . . what price?'
Trying to come in low and not too strong, I offered him $20. One Andrew Jackson to solve a morning's worth of troubles—not too shabby. Despite the foreign exchange rate stating that Midas could garner 1.8 million Belarusian rubles (BYB) for my $20 US dollars, he returned my offer with a scoff: "you must joke . . . this domain worth 1,000$ minimum".
Stunned by Mr Midas' rationale that a domain name consisting entirely and only of my first and last names should be worth 90,000,000 rubles, I asked him in my best Eastern European broken English: "What do you base this price on?", to which he replied "good search results". I fired off yet another e-mail, asking him "what searches bring up matthewwensing.com?" . . .
. . . and to that, I never received a reply.
That same day as consolation I snatched up matthewwensing.net. For some reason, despite the amazing marketing potential of matthewwensing.com, Midas failed to sweep the .net variation behind his Iron Curtain.
So yes, what was my personal portal is now replaced by an endless sea of mortgage refinancing link spam. My only logical conclusion is that somewhere in Belarus is a very famous Matthew Wensing.
C'est la vie.
Or as Midas might say, "XA XA!"