27 Dec '11, 3am

data is widely misunderstood

DailyChanges.com data is widely misunderstood Monday, December 26th, 2011 Don’t look to DailyChanges.com to see how many domains GoDaddy has lost. Ever since GoDaddy faced a boycott of its services over its (since changed ) position on SOPA, people have been trying to quantify domain losses for the company. A typical data source is DailyChanges.com , which monitors changes to nameservers. This is a bad source in this case for two reasons: 1. Domain names typically take 5 or more days to transfer, so the full effect won’t be evident for five plus days after someone decides to transfer their names. 2. DailyChanges tracks nameserver changes, not domain transfers. I’m not writing this to blast the people who have used DailyChanges as a proxy. After all, I kept an eye on it during the elephant boycott and called it a “proxy” for domain transfers. But looking at the data this ti...

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