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23 Jun 2007
When I was growing up, one of the annoyances of life in New York City was squeegee men. When your car was stopped at a light, these guys would run up, make a few swipes at your windshield with a squeegee, then look menacing until you gave them a tip.
It occurs to me that domain ``monetizers'' are the Internet's squeegee men. If I make a minor typing error entering a domain name, they run up and offer to sell a link to the place I wanted to go (well, they sell the place I wanted to go a click from me, but close enough.)
Domain monetizers often make the self-serving argument that they're providing a valuable service helping us find the domains we're looking for. Uh huh. Squeegee men think the same way as in this self-serving defense from a (former?) squeegee man.
So feel free to call them squeegee domains, and remember, you heard it here first.
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