Google is one of the leading names in the technology industry. It can be said that the brand enjoys indisputable success. But a recent news has puzzled us all where a young man from Buenos Aires stopped the operation of Google Argentina for some time.
Apparently the 30 year old, Nicolas kuroña bought the domain ‘Google.com.ar’ for just ₹ 200 (£ 2.08). All with legal procedures. This caused the entire web presence of Google Argentina throughout the country to drop for a couple of hours last Wednesday, briefly redirecting control to Nicolás.
Giving an official statement to the BBC, Google Argentina admitted that, in the short term, the domain was acquired by someone else. The company further added that it had regained control of the domain almost instantly.
Nicolas explained what made him buy the domain in the first place and exactly how he did it. He said it happened when he was working on designing a website for a client at his desk. Through social media, he learned that Google was down. You tried to access google.com.ar but it didn’t work.
– Nicolas David Kuroña (@Argentop) April 23, 2021
Curious to know why Google fell, he turned to the Network Information Center Argentina (NIC), which is the organization responsible for operating country code domains .ar. To his surprise, when he googled, it showed that the Argentina Google domain was available for purchase.
He decided to try buying it, but wasn’t sure if it would work. After filling in the necessary details and going through the online checkout process, Nicolas received an invoice for the purchase that made everything real and surprised him too. Nicolas shared the bill with the BBC, which verifies his story.
He even tweeted the incident online and explained that it was not his intention to harm anyone and that he did not believe the purchase would actually go through.
– Nicolas David Kuroña (@Argentop) April 22, 2021
His tweet roughly translates as “I want to clarify that I entered http://nic.ar I saw the name of http://google.com.ar available and bought it legally as appropriate! “
To say that Nicolás was surprised by what happened would be an understatement. I didn’t expect it to work. After purchasing the domain, millions of people searching on Google.com.ar came directly to it.
There can only be one explanation for how this happened and that is that Google had forgotten to renew its domain name. However, the company has stated that its license for the domain had not expired and was not due to expire until July 2021. Google is now investigating what led to these events.