Google Germany Gone Kaput?

Reader Michiel Ouwerkerk just dropped an email to say that Google Germany has disappeared. Sure enough, when I go there, I get a holding page from what looks to be hosting company Goneo:

Google Germany Gone

The message reads (umlauts and other German punctuation omitted, sorry!)

Fur diese domain burden keine inhalte hinterlegt

bitte schaen Sie zu einem spateren Zeitpunk nochmal vorbie

Roughly, it says there’s nothing on the domain and to try again in a bit, I believe.

I’m in the UK and getting this. Someone I pinged over in London is not. Someone in the US I pinged also is not. So it might be localized and probably will be intermittent. I’ll also check with Google on it.

Postscript Barry: Google Germany goes kaput at the Register (nice title), has word from a Google spokesperson but also from Goneo.

Goneo called us with the full story from its end. The domain changed hand three times last night, a spokesman said.
A request to take over the domain was placed with Goneo about a week ago. The firm automatically placed a request with German domain registry DENIC (the equivalent of Nominet), which put the request to Google’s German provider. The provider did not respond in the first instance, and ignored a second approach from DENIC.
According to procedure, DENIC then approved the request on Monday evening. Goneo became aware of the registration, and arranged with Google and DENIC to have it transferred back.
Unfortunately, somebody else had made an application to register it too, through another domain company, which had also been ignored, so it was transferred to them first.
Google finally took possession its German digs this morning.

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  • newsjunkie

    I’m in the U.S. (near Boston) and am getting it.

  • rustybrick

    Same here, wonder what is up. I am in NY.

  • Todd Mintz

    Google Germany looks normal in Portland, OR.

  • Ian

    It seems to be OK now from here in the UK.

  • Simon Heseltine

    I just went there now from Virginia, and the site is gone-o :)

  • Solomon Rothman Web Design Search Engine Marketing

    I’m getting the same Goneo site from Los Angeles when I try to load

  • anonymousconsultant

    I’m in Germany. is offline. It seems that google did not pay the bills. google is not longer owner of The national domain registry proofs it.

  • Carsten

    Yes, is offline here (Germany) as well. The message in the blog post actually reads:

    - there is no content for this domain
    - please stop by later

  • kevgibbo

    It’s working fine from here in Sydney.

  • anonymousconsultant

    It’s probably working outside Germany, because the page is still in cache memory of local providers.

  • SEODesign

    It’s still not working – from the UK. If you check out and enter google at the top right you’ll see who owns it now (click Akzeptieren to accept to see the result).

  • Carsten Cumbrowski

    Working from Las Vegas, NV.

    “No Content was deposited for this domain. Please come back at a later time and check again.”

    Hello to the other Carsten :)

  • Felix

    Google is not the owner of the domain name anymore:

    Try it out at

    Fehler 502: Dienst zur Zeit nicht verfügbar
    Bitte versuchen Sie es in einigen Minuten noch einmal.

    Sometimes you get this answer for the owner:

    Domaininhaber: favo
    Adresse: Hellmundstr. 31
    PLZ: 65183
    Ort: Wiesbaden
    Land: DE

  • rustybrick

    Rumors are that it was a potential domain name hijack. A commentator at SER said;

    “Two reliable sources here in Germany report that this was an attempt to grab the domain Apparently, the potential pirate filed for the transfer of the domain at DeNIC (German domain registration) pretending to be the owner of it. Funny story.”

    Wonder if Google will ever tell us the story. :)

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