I've passively suffered through Godaddy's blatantly sexist use of women to sell the company's services. There is no other company that I do business with that runs this kind of advertising. Imagine the kind of hellstorm one of the Y Combinator sites would endure if they decided that a Godaddy-ish marketing plan was right for them as well.
I've fought my way through the Godaddy site each time I've wanted to register or renew a domain, once even confused to the point where I've had to call their support line to make my way to something that should be obvious to find. I'm tired of breathless upsells, scary threats about needing things I don't need, and a ten-step process that attempts to push their lame-ass additional products.
For me, Godaddy's SOPA support was just the last straw, the one that finally made me get up off my ass and do something about paying money to a company whose morals and practices I despise. Think about those other issues before you give Godaddy a pass for its SOPA reposition.
Then, his first Super Bowl ad hit. It was a huge success, not just because of the use of sex, but because it was a clever parody of the "wardrobe malefaction" that happened a year before.
Somehow, though, over the years all of the tough startup work ethic and cleverness was lost in a sea of endless up sells, domain horror stories a dead elephant, and thin cotton shirts wrapped tightly around saline implants.
It was just a matter of time before I left, and GoDaddy's seemingly inexplicable support of SOPA has was the steel I-beam that broke the camel's back.
I have had a much, much worse experience with vista print, for example, who signed me up for a subscription to Essence magazine (yes, a paper magazine aimed at black women - for which I am very much not the target), despite the fact that I opted out (yes, I had to) of that silliness.
Think for a moment about how slimy the business practice is there. They aren't just upselling crap, but purposely distorting circulation numbers to rip off advertisers of their magazine partners.
ABC, ESPN, Disney Publishing Worldwide, and Marvel Entertainment, LLC.
They are all owned by Disney, so really that is just one damn company. Other companies are also on there more than once. I bet this list would be a bit shorter if you get rid of the shell games being played here.
GoDaddy's not just the asshole at the party, GoDaddy's the one who's been calling the cops.
Additionally, Before I changed my mind about them I'd need to see some statement that shows they understand their users concerns about SOPA and are not just flopping from an unpopular viewpoint. Sadly, I suspect the honest answer to be that they're stance is costing them money.
Way too little, far too late IMO...
Indeed. If GoDaddy want to convince people they're sincere, they might try a large donation to the EFF.
They supported this bill. Don't they think that that gives us some insight into their corporate culture?
Let's get this straight: you supported a bill which would destroy the internet; something that the tech community is vehemently against and, only when we absolutely dragged you kicking and screaming did you eventually retract your support?
This is like holding a gun to somebody's head and telling them to say that they like your cooking. It's nonsense.
Also some of those companies have already withdrawn support like the Graphic Artists Guild https://www.graphicartistsguild.org/sopa/
Not that I mind, I should have moved my domains a long time ago for dozens of different reasons besides the SOPA charade and won't use them again regardless of their stance on any legislation.
Supporting SOPA: -10 reputation
Ceasing support of SOPA (but not opposing it): +5 reputation
Helping write SOPA: -100 reputation
Having a special exemption from SOPA: -100 reputation
Total reputation: -205.
Why don't they just get someone senior to go on camera and say "look we originally supported this motion but after reviewing the bill and a massive outcry from our customers we feel we should put this notice out to describe our position on the matter...." and then go on from there.
These drip-drop press releases are just like a child trying to fit in with the cool kids after some previous altercation
This move only seems to make it look like they don't support SOPA on the surface, with no underlying commitment to oppose it or even stay neutral. It also serves to throw every other company they've stood with to support SOPA by throwing them all under the bus.
All in, they've lost about 20 domains from me. Not a lot compared to some organizations, but maybe if they'd been more focused on the customers operating in the industry they serve rather than doing everything else they seem to do to get their name out there they'd have realized why SOPA wasn't in their best interest to support.
To add to the "GoDaddy acting shady" list, in their domain manager they changed the link which should bring you to accept or decline the transfer form to a link that simply refreshes the page. To accept or decline the transfer you now have to find the "Pending Transfers" item in a drop-down menu. Couldn't be happier to be leaving these guys.
Does anyone know if it would be illegal to target employees individually instead of "the corporation"? For example scrape the web for email address and phone numbers for these people employed at the SOPA support companies and inform them about the fatal policies their organization is supporting. The issue is still to web-centric and needs to reach beyond that level. Most mainstream news platforms, e.g. drudge, huffpo have still very little issue related news.
excerpt below and full text here http://goo.gl/cytjm
B. Copyright Claims
1. If the Complaining Party would like to submit a copyright claim for material on which you hold a bona fide copyright, Go Daddy requests that the Complaining Party substantiate such claim by providing Go Daddy with the following information via email to CopyrightClaims@godaddy.com. The words "Copyright Claim" should appear in the subject line. A copyright claim can also be submitted by mail to: Copyright Agent, Go Daddy, 14455 N. Hayden Road, Suite 219, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
A statement that the Complaining Party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the Complaining Party is the owner, or is authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
2. For Copyright Claims, upon receipt of appropriate notification from the Complaining Party, pursuant to Section 1 of Copyright Claims above, Go Daddy will remove or disable access to the material that is claimed to be infringing.
3. If the Complaining Party provides Go Daddy with appropriate notification, pursuant to Section 1 of Copyright Claims above, including information reasonably sufficient to permit Go Daddy to locate and remove or disable the material in question, or includes information concerning repeat infringement, then Go Daddy will forward the Complaining Party's written notification to such alleged Infringer and shall take reasonable steps promptly to notify the Infringer that it has removed or disabled access to the material.
I didn't care about Bob shooting elephants. Didn't care about using semi-attractive B-list celebutants to sell domains.
But this SOPA thing was, is, a massive dealbreaker. This camel's back wasn't hurting, but this was like dropping a railcar on it. We've got over 100 domains and they're all getting moved 12/29.
I'm not defending go daddy (my comment elsewhere in this thread still stands), but this release on its own only shows a small part of their current stance.
I personally shifted to Gandi.net, simply for the want of moving to a Europe based provider. I think US based providers are eventually going to be forced in if the Act goes through anyway.
Just a PR stunt of a butthurt company.
Fuck them. Keep moving your domains, people.
Action from the company in helping draft an alternative, or bring a discussion to more people would be a huge step forward for them, not more PR or web pages listing people they used to be publicly aligned with (and likely still aligned with in private).