Indian Man, Sanmay Ved was lucky enough to grab Google.com domain, but only for a minute. Ex-Googler Sanmay Ved found Google.com domain available for just $12 while searching for domains at Google Domains page. He went on to add the domain to his cart expecting some error, but the transaction went through. Finally, he bought the domain of Google.com. Well, almost.
What exactly happened is, Sanmay was up late learning more about the Google Domains interface and searching for domain names when he noticed Google.com was available for purchase. While he thought that it must be a glitch or it was obviously already bought, he still decided to go ahead and try buying it. Instead of a gray sad face that indicates a domain has an owner, the green happy face showed it was available. To his surprise, the most trafficked domain was available for just $12 (Rs. 788). He went on to add the domain to his cart expecting some error, but the transaction went through.
Instead of receiving the usual “you bought a domain” emails from the company, his Google Search Console dashboard, which has an overview of his other websites, was flooded with messages for the Google.com domain owner. He also received emails with internal information, which he’s since reported to Google’s security team and then things were sorted out.
Within a minute, Google Domains cancelled his transaction and refunded him $12. Of course, the dude was freaked out and he frantically took screenshots and detailed his experience on his LinkedIn profile. “The scary part was I had access to the webmaster controls for a minute,” Sanmay said to BI.
In a detailed post on LinkedIn, he put the following screenshots of the whole ordeal.