A 30-year-old web designer briefly legally owned a Google Argentina domain name for a paltry sum of ARS 270 (Argentine peso, approximately Rs. 215) when the site was shut down for nearly two hours in the country, and he said he could not believe ” what just happened. ” Worried that something might happen to him, he soon wrote on Twitter to find out how events unfolded, a media report said. Nicolas Curona told the BBC that he had received many reports last week that the search engine was down. During the inspection, he found that it was not actually working.
He said that he was working at his desk on the outskirts of the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires, designing a website for a client when he started receiving messages from WhatsApp that the Google site is down. When it tried to access www.google.com.ar, it failed.
Thinking that “something strange” was happening, he decided to consult the Network Information Center (NIC), Argentina. He searched Google on his website and surprisingly found that the company’s domain in Argentina was available for purchase. Unsure that it would work, he followed the steps to purchase the domain and when the process was complete, he received an purchase invoice for the ARS 270 in his email. Nicholas shares the invoice with the BBC. Nicholas said he had no bad intentions, he just tried to buy the domain and NIC allowed it. He also posted a tweet in Spanish explaining what happened. An English translation of the tweet reads: “I want to clarify that I entered http://nic.ar. I saw the name of http://google.com.ar was available and legally bought it! “
The tweet received 80,000 likes, but Nicholas said he would still receive the money he spent on buying the domain, the BBS report said.
Google Argentina confirmed the news, saying that its domain was acquired by someone else “for a short time”, but control was restored quickly. It is not yet clear why the Google domain name was available for purchase, but the company said it was investigating.