People Already Profiting from Virginia Tech Shooting (Updated)

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People Already Profiting from Virginia Tech Shooting (Updated)

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Posted On: April 16th, 2007

<b>Normally that would take at least a couple days.</b>

The sad state of the domain squatting industry, and society in general, is that after a horrible shooting a bunch of "business people" sprint to grab up every VT shooting/massacre domain possible.

If your first thought upon seeing the news of this horrible shooting, is "Oh crap, how can I make money off of this?", then you need to get off the computer because the internet has completely warped your ability to care for other people.

After noticing that domains were popping up right after recent tragedies like Katrina, I was curious how often these tragedy induced domain buying frenzies actually happen, and the results were <a href="http://www.marketwatch.com/News/Story/Story.aspx?guid=%7B39413A35-F04A-4F5F-A615-837DC825F97D%7D&siteid=google">naturally disgusting and not surprising</a>. This latest VT tragedy is just a <a href="http://64.233.167.104/search?q=cache:4iqrHUFPJzkJ:www.domainmarketplace.com/amishshooting.com+amishshooting&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=3&gl=us">long history of people snatching up tragedy domain names</a> immediately and then selling them off later for a profit.

<b>The domains that were immediately purchased within 20 mins of the shooting are:</b>

virginiatechshooting.com
virginiatechmassacre.com
vtmassacre.com
vtshooting.com

<strike><b>Special Note: virginiatechschoolshooting.com is still avilable! Hurry, you too can profit from other people&#39;s suffering!</b></strike>

<b>UPDATES:</b>

The first domain is already up for sale already. These poor kids aren&#39;t even in the ground yet and this guy is already making his money: (Copy and paste if you want, I&#39;m not linking to their auction.)

http://cgi.ebay.com/Virginia-Tech-Massacre-info-Domain-name-lot-vatech-va_W0QQitemZ320104764149QQihZ011QQcategoryZ3767QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Not only has <b>virginiatechschoolshooting.com </b> been taken quickly after posting this, but the following domains were grabbed up as well (hokiemassacre.com is probably the worst): <a href="http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2007/04/godaddy_registe.html">Source 27BStroke6 on Wired</a>

<i>virginiatechshooting.com
virginiatechshooting.net
virginiatechshooting.org
virginiatechshooting.info
virginiatechshooting.us
vatechshooting.com
vatechshooting.net
vatechshooting.org
vatechshooting.info
vatechshooting.us
vatechshooting.biz
vtshooting.com
vtshooting.info
vatechmassacre.com
vatechmassacre.net
vatechmassacre.info
vatechmassacre.biz
vtmassacre.com
vtmassacre.net
vtmassacre.org
vtmassacre.info
virginiatechrampage.com
vatechrampage.com
vtrampage.com
virginiatechmurders.com
virginiatechmurders.net
virginiatechmurders.org
virginiatechmurders.info
virginiatechmurders.us
vatechmurders.com
vtmurders.com
hokieshootings.com
hokiemassacre.com
blacksburgshootings.com</i>

<b>Also, thank you to the dozens of people including (Washington Post, Univ of Kansas, Wired, Hipinion, and others) who have referenced my blog and did not just steal my content!</b>

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Original Source: <a href="http://www.secondcityceo.com/2007/04/16/breaking-news-people-already-profiting-from-virginia-tech-shooting/">http://www.secondcityceo.com/2007/04/16/breaking-news-people-already-profiting-from-virginia-tech-shooting/</a>

Licensed under <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/">Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5</a>.

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Seth Kravitz

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2007-05-26

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Seth Kravitz, "People Already Profiting from Virginia Tech Shooting (Updated)," in The April 16 Archive, Item #256, http://april16archive.org/items/show/256 (accessed August 23, 2014).