Over the weekend, I revealed that Facebook acquired the domain Bulletin.com as the hub for a brand new project that’s due to be released this month. The acquisition of Bulletin.com actually took place in May, but Facebook has only just been revealed as the buyer.
Facebook does own a portfolio of highly valuable names. Off the back of the company’s acquisition of Bulletin.com, I’m going to give a rundown of the company’s top domain names.
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Naturally, the company owns Facebook.com. It was acquired for $200,000 in the early days of Facebook’s existence. Before this, Facebook used TheFacebook.com.
Facebook acquired FB.com for $8.5 million in 2010. Now, the name is used by the company for internal emails and for corporate information. Typing FB.com into your browser redirects you to Facebook.com.
This single-letter .ORG name was acquired by Facebook in 2015 for an undisclosed fee. Before Facebook’s purchase, i.org was held by Public Interest Registry, the operators of the .ORG extension.
Internet.org is a Facebook initiative that aims to allow more people to access a faster Internet connection. The domain was purchased by Facebook in 2013 from a domain investor that had only held the name for around a month after purchasing it for an undisclosed fee from a Media Options newsletter.
The Parse.com domain name is currently redirecting to parseplatform.org, the remnants of a “mobile backend as a service” platform that Facebook acquired in 2013 for a fee of $85 million paid in cash and stock. It’s now an open-source project. Interestingly, Parse.com was once an early contender for the name of the payment provider, now known as Stripe.com.
More notable domains in Facebook’s portfolio now include:
The company has amassed a domain portfolio that will have cost at least an eight-figure fee to compile.