Meet the web entrepreneur from Kochi, Amal Augustine, who is in news for selling his website address to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
The 21-year-old B.Tech student recently closed the deal with FB for the registration rights of maxchanzuckerberg.org , a website named after Zuckerbeg’s daughter.
Zuckerberg had announced the birth of his daughter Maxima Chan Zuckerberg (Max) on December 1.
His passion for filing and acquiring internet domain names has earned him a small profit. But, more than he is proud that he was approached by FB.
He told TOI:
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“I registered this domain name when their baby was born last December. I got a casual email from GoDaddy, asking whether I would be willing to sell the domain name by the end of last month and for how much. I asked for $700. When the letter came officially mentioning the change of registration, I noticed the FB letterhead. But since it’s not legal to negotiate, I just went ahead and closed the deal in seven days.”
Experts say this a classic example of cyber squatting, in which, a popular Internet address is registered with the aim of selling it to its rightful owner.