Marc Freedman points us today to a story about domain host GoDaddy and his thoughts about boycotting the service.Â This story reminded me of my own anecdotal story about having dinner with WordPress founder, Matt Mullenweg.Â First, Freedman tells about a site that is purported to have violated some privacy issues and GoDaddy’s quick response to the problem without much due process:
In a news.com investigation, Seclists.org owner Fyodor Vaskovich provided evidence that GoDaddy’s notification consisted of a voice mail that the domain was suspended with no explanation. The domain was turned off 52 seconds later. It took several hours for the domain to be restored after he spent hours on the phone with GoDaddy.
A web site with 250,000 pages vanished from the Internet because of one questionable page. With essentially no notice, no chance for the customer to explain or act, no request to remove the offending page, no subpoena, no court order, and no legal risk to GoDaddy.
If true, this seems to be a very scary thought indeed.Â The power wielded by GoDaddy in this scenario is mind numbing.Â This led me to my thought about Matt Mullenweg taking over the world…er…blogosphere.
I was recently having dinner with Matt Mullenweg, the founder of WordPress, in Seattle while attending a blogging conference.Â We sat and chatted about a few things, but the conversation turned to the power of WordPress and its popularity in the blogosphere.Â On being the most downloaded blog application, I jokingly threw out, "and one of these days you are going to throw a switch and you’ll control the world?"Â His sly grin meant he knew I was joking, but then I realized, he has control of all of this data, and he truly does have tremendous power.Â Matt is far too great a guy to take over the blogosphere or the world for that matter.Â In fact, it wasn’t until recently that he even became old enough to legally drink.Â Now that is a scary thought.
[Disclosure:Â WordPress did not pay me for this article.Â We recommend WordPress to all of our clients as the blogging platform of choice.]