- Apr 12, 2001
Earlier today, John Gruber of DaringFireball.net suggested that Me.com might be the name for Apple's .Mac rename. There was no real evidence, however, except that Me.com was registered under MarkMonitor's domain service. MarkMonitor is a domain management service that Apple (and many others) use. Gruber admits that this is mostly speculative:
Me.com currently redirects users to Snappville.com - a social networking community. Snappville used to be called Me.com but changed names in December 2007 with little fanfare. The current Me.com page simply redirects to Snappville.This is proof of nothing, of course, since MarkMonitor provides domain name parking for any company that pays for their services.
MacRumors reader Matthew Yohe pointed us to Netcraft page which curiously lists Kenneth Eddings (email@example.com) as the DNS admin. This email address, however, was no where in the Whois lookup for Me.com. As it turns out, Mr. Eddings email address is listed in the SOA Record of the DNS record:
So, Apple does appear to own Me.com. It was likely purchased sometime in December 2007, and it could very well be the rebranding for Apple's .Mac service.