Hmm... I need to find out myself. I don't know what is the answer to your question. I'll do some Googling and get back to you if I find an decent answer. You should email the people at iPage as they probably know..
Whois.sc for a comprehensive lookup (whois + thumbnail, server info, major TLDs etc.).
Whois.net if I only want a speedy, basic, up-to-the-minute whois query...
What do they do with the results they collect? do they sell them to anyone? I'd be interested to read more about this (source) etc.....
I don't think they do. I've never had any problems like that and I run through huge lists of unregged domains. It's probably just a coincidence especially if it was a just dropped name...
Yeah, I've been told by other domainers that they compile search results and then post them or something to people that pay for it?.
Either way, I DID check several domains in the past which were regged within HOURS!!!.
It COULD be coincidence, but it happened too many times to me in the past!..
There is an article somewhere that I will try to locate outlining exactly that...searches that people type in that appear available and within minutes they are regged..
This happened not so much with a WHOIS search but with an availability search. This was associated with a couple of registrars. The searches people submitted were actually being redirected. The registrar would reg the name, test the traffic for a few days and then drop it if it was not performing..
The person who wrote the article tested the accusations by actually entering their own full name, it was available, but when they tried to reg it, it was suddenly already taken..
So only use a trusted source for HostGator name searches and conduct a WHOIS search. Otherwise, your gem may be highjacked!..
Does anyone have any specific info/sources that say DomainTools monitor/collect your searches?..
If for some reason DomainTools isn't working, I use who.is for lookups...
I like domaintools.com (previously whois.sc). You still use whois.sc/whateverdomain.ext which makes it easy. Sometimes I also use NamePro's who is...
I don't ever use any of those services. I always do a direct query to the whois database..
To do that, look up the extension at.
Once you do that, if you're in windows, go into Start -> Run -> cmd.
Once in CMD, type in "telnet.
43", press enter.
Then, it'll output "Whois server", once again, use the same telnet command, and type in the domain..
These results will be non cached, and accurate to the second of the lookup..
I have found netsol to be the most informative...
-bash: whois command not found.
Damn, I was hoping it would work...