The blogosphere went wild in early October this year when Rahul Jain listed Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook predecessor FaceMash.com on the Flippa marketplace.
Last week was a case of history repeating when the likes of Forbes, Mashable, Yahoo News, IT World and the LA Times all ran with the news that the site had successfully sold to the highest bidder on Flippa.
FaceMash.com had 10 bids to reach a final sale price of $30,201 – despite the widely reported risks of it being subject to Facebook’s recent pursuit of similar websites such as Lamebook, Teachbook and Placebook.
While FaceMash.com sold successfully on Flippa, unfortunately the same auction result could not be said for FaceSmash.com (hopefully our readers can spot the difference!) – it was listed for auction on eBay during the same time but failed to secure a sale …
In discussing his experience in selling FaceMash.com on Flippa, Jain said “This was the first time I had ever used Flippa to sell a domain and I was not disappointed. My objective was to get what was sure to be an attention getting domain on a platform that could best showcase it. In Flippa I found just that. By communicating with the bidders before approving their bid, I was able to ensure that only serious bids were accepted.”
Jain will be donating some of the Flippa auction’s proceeds to the Dakshana Foundation, which assists in paying the educational expenses of impoverished children from India. Part of the proceeds will also go to boosting his investment in building VisitNYC.com into a differentiated “go-to website for tourists visiting New York City … with a focus on Hotels, Tours and Broadway Shows”.
The new domain owner of FaceMash.com was not able to provide any details of their plans for the domain.
Website buyers can find a terrific number of domains and established websites for sale at Flippa.com. Those looking for something with an existing publicity profile possibly something of the likes of FaceMash.com may wish to check out the Audioo auction which was recently covered by TechCrunch, Business Insider and the Los Angeles Business Journal.
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