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Re: today's Wash Post Business section

  • From: Thomas Leavitt
  • Date: Wed Dec 20 22:33:37 2006

Many people don't understand anything about how they access the Internet, they have a vague idea that they need to type a domain name into a box somewhere... so they type into the Google search box, the result set pops up, and then they click on the first result to get to the web site in question... I've seen it more than once.


Robert E. Seastrom wrote:
Edward Lewis <[email protected]> writes:

The #10 google search in the "Who Is" category (leading off with
Borat, Hezbollah, EU, hot, ...) is "IP Who Is".

I'm not sure what to make of that. Has google replaced the whois client?
Well, the article talks about people using "myspace" as a search term,
when their goal is apparently to get to a web site. This seems to be
a case of the same thing.

I just tried a few variants of search to get whois data for a block
that's assigned but not been used publicly (so as to avoid mail header
hits etc) out of Google - no dice.

If you search (literally) for "ip who is", though, the top hit is for
the ARIN web-based whois, the second is for someone I'm not familiar
with, the third for RIPE, the 7th for APNIC, etc.

ARIN employee lurkers on the list would be better suited to giving us
the stats, but my impression has been that the great unwashed masses
have used the web forms in preference to the command line client for
years now.