FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Zeno Group for Pool.com
BARACKOBAMA.COM RESCUED FROM THE DEEP END BY
Deleted Campaign Web Site Address Returned to Senator for Renewal
WASHINGTON - March 8, 2005 - Pool.com chief executive officer Tony Farrow
today made a special delivery to U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-Illinois): he
returned the Senator's campaign Web site address, www.barackobama.com.
Pool.com, based in Ottawa, Canada and a leader in web backordering and
secondary market sales, rescued the site address when it expired and was
available on the open market.
"Websites are important vehicles to provide information to constituents and to
boost participation in the political process," Obama said. "In the wrong hands,
a web address can be used to mislead and misrepresent a public official's
record. That is why I am extremely grateful that Pool.com allowed me the
opportunity to renew my domain and ensure that the information on the page
reflects my values and beliefs."
Typically, domain name owners purchase their Web site addresses from specialized
domain name registries at a certain fee and length of time. If the domain name
is not renewed at the end of the specified time, it falls into the secondary
domain name marketplace - a literal pool of domains that can be obtained by
registries and then sold to new users in an auction or a fixed-price format.
Pool.com caught www.barackobama.com in their daily aggregation of deleted and
expired domain names and alerted the Senator.
"When we saw Senator Obama's name fall into the pool, we knew there must have
been a renewal oversight and quickly contacted the Senator's office for
verification," Farrow said. "We understand the importance of personal Web
addresses and are happy to provide Senator Obama with the opportunity to renew
his campaign domain."
Pool.com is a leading company in the domain name backordering and secondary
market sales. It offers a complete set of acquisition, direct and auction
sales, domain security and DNS management as well as the technology to create
it. Headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Pool.com is a member of the
Momentous.ca family of online enterprises, providing customers with
high-quality, high-value online services.