Bill Hartzer

Facebook Acquired Messenger.com

It appears that Facebook acquired Messenger.com recently. Checking the name servers and the whois data for Messenger.com, there was a recent change to the name servers: from lovellsnames.org to facebook.com, and the registrant is now Facebook.

Michael Berkins recently first pointed this out, but it looks more and more that they did acquire messenger.com. I’m wondering what they’re planning on doing with it?

Take a look at the current whois record:

Domain Name: MESSENGER.COM
Registry Domain ID: 2341650_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: 
Registrar URL: 
Updated Date: 2014-11-12T07:55:11Z
Creation Date: 1998-11-04T05:00:00Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2015-11-03T05:00:00Z
Registrar: Hogan Lovells International LLP
Registrar IANA ID: 1526
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: globaladmin@lovellsnames.org
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +33.153672291
Reseller: 
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited - http://www.icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
Registry Registrant ID: 
Registrant Name: Domain Administrator
Registrant Organization: Facebook, Inc.
Registrant Street: 1601 Willow Road,
Registrant City: Menlo Park
Registrant State/Province: CA
Registrant Postal Code: 94025
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone: +1.6505434800
Registrant Phone Ext: 
Registrant Fax: +1.6505434800
Registrant Fax Ext: 
Registrant Email: domain@fb.com
Registry Admin ID: 
Admin Name: David TAYLOR
Admin Organization: Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP
Admin Street: 17 avenue Matignon
Admin City: Paris
Admin State/Province: Ile-de-France
Admin Postal Code: 75008
Admin Country: FR
Admin Phone: +33.153674747
Admin Phone Ext: 
Admin Fax: +33.153674748
Admin Fax Ext: 
Admin Email: globaladmin@lovellsnames.org
Registry Tech ID: 
Tech Name: Domain Administrator
Tech Organization: Facebook, Inc.
Tech Street: 1601 Willow Road,
Tech City: Menlo Park
Tech State/Province: CA
Tech Postal Code: 94025
Tech Country: US
Tech Phone: +1.6505434800
Tech Phone Ext: 
Tech Fax: +1.6505434800
Tech Fax Ext: 
Tech Email: domain@fb.com
Name Server: b.ns.facebook.com
Name Server: a.ns.facebook.com
DNSSEC: unsigned
URL of the ICANN WHOIS Data Problem Reporting System:
http://wdprs.internic.net/
>>> Last update of WHOIS database: 2014-11-13T18:07:20Z 

If you look back at the archive.org history, the site, as recently as last February, was redirected to videos.com:

https://web.archive.org/web/*/http://messenger.com

According to Whoisology, the messenger.com domain name was recently also in privacy:

Name 	Private Registration|Account Privacy  (2,600) (+120)
Org. 	-
Email 	proxy.messenger.com@accountpri  (1)
Street 1 	4465 W. Gandy Blvd., Suite 801  (4,970) (+93)
Street 2 	-
City 	Tampa  (222,411) (-4,564)
Region 	FL  (4,836,664) (+2,277,820)
Zip / Post 	33611  (13,458) (+7)
Country 	UNITED STATES  (77,145,851) (-995,651)
Phone 	18138378000  (4,954) (+93)
Fax 	18138378000  (4,380) (+71)

And as of today, the messenger.com domain name now is associated with Facebook. I have reached out to Hogan Lovells to see if they have an more info on this acquisition, but to me everything points to Facebook having acquired messenger.com recently, especially since we're now seeing the name servers change, and based on what TheDomains previously reported.

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