Monetizing disorder

Remember Sitefinder? I still have my notes from a session four years ago that was led by Steve Crocker. VeriSign (the registry operator for .com and .net) introduced a change in the way .com/.net operated. A misstyped domain would return the address of a host that was one of VeriSign’s own instead of an error message. There was considerable pushback from the community. VeriSign quickly suspended the service. The generic name for what VeriSign was doing was a “wildcard.” Before SiteFinder was implemented, if you typed the name of a…