Google Gets Whois Answers In Search Results

Looks like Google’s gained a new direct answer service, whois information for domains. Enter a query like whois searchengineland.com, and you’ll be told when the domain was registered and expires, along with a link to more information from the Domain Tools site. Here’s a screenshot: Google’s not done a formal announcement, but Matt Cutts just […]

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Looks like Google’s gained a new direct answer service, whois information for
domains. Enter a query like
whois
searchengineland.com
, and you’ll be told when the domain was registered and
expires, along with a link to more information from the
Domain Tools site. Here’s a
screenshot:


Google Whois Search

Google’s not done a formal announcement, but Matt Cutts just noted it on his
blog here.

As Google Operating System

notes
, back in 2004 Google

rolled out
a somewhat similar service that was quickly ended after Network
Solutions

blocked
Google’s requests.

Postscript: Note, some people aren’t seeing this feature. It might still be buggy, while there also seems to be some availability issues, too.


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