I see a lot of interesting things in my daily domain diggings and often times it is little things that I see and then think about it and later be like.. come to think of it, I have never seen that before!
Well, here is one! I look at whois records all day, for a lot of domains! It is fairly common to see an “update” date within the past year or two of viewing the majority of whois records. This “update” comes from a domain name renewal, domain name server change, whois information update to email, address, phone , registrant change, registrar change etc.
Well, I have officially run into the longest untouched domain name I have ever seen! Almost 9 YEARS:
The domain name must have been renewed for the maximum length at the time (10 years) and the owners simply never touched the domain name in anyway since October 10, 2006! That is pretty crazy really.
The Record Date is the date the whois record was created that I was viewing. The Updated date is the last time anything I mentioned above had taken place (renewal, dns change etc.) to the domain name. I did block out the domain name, because it’s an expired domain and I didn’t want to bring attention to it specifically. Since it has been about 9 years since the domain was last touched, that could have played a role into why it expired as well.
In general, the most common “update” done to a domain is likely the domain renewal date, which most owners do annually or in 3-5 year ranges that I mainly see. Many very valuable domain names are often renewed out for the max 10 years, but often something happens in that 10 years to create an update of some kind to whois and doesn’t allow the “update” date to get very old.
I could do another story on the research I did with the domain, but I will save that for another day! Have you seen any domains with a whois “update” date later than almost 9 years? This was a first for me!