Since our last update four days ago, there has been a flurry of activity in the Hall of Unwanted Dotcoms.
At that point, there were just five unclaimed names left from the original list of 20. (For the uninitiated, this was a list of 20 dotcom names, all fewer than seven letters, one syllable and easy to pronounce, yet mysteriously still available after all these years.)
After the post went up, René from Germany was the first to get in touch, explaining the reasoning behind his purchase of klorp.com, grulch.com and blorph.com. Having initially rejected throdge.com, he had a change of heart and decided to buy it anyway. More on his blog.
A gentleman called Jacob Bars Bailey then stepped in to buy plooped.com, in the face of no competition whatsoever.
Another gentleman called Will then decided to buy skrolch.com
There was an intriguing admission from Big Iain that he was once the owner of throdge.com, but had allowed it to lapse – a claim he is able to back up through the Wayback Archive. This opens up an important new front in the Hall of Unwanted Dotcoms. It hadn't occurred to me that some of these names might have a pre-history. It feels similar to discovering there may once have been water on Mars.
The most important news is that there is now just one name left in the Hall of Unwanted Dotcoms. As of 14:00 hrs on 8 October 2012, wrimb.com remains unclaimed.
This is satisfying, as it is undoubtedly the worst name on the original list. Although easy to pronounce, it would need to be spelt out every time it was used in conversation. That said, it is five letters, which is commercially desirable. As has been pointed out in previous comments, it might suit the Welsh Rugby International Marketing Board or the West Riding International Marching Band, except that neither organisation exists.
Deep down, I hope nobody buys wrimb.com. It would be nice for it to wander the Hall in perpetuity.
But who knows what will happen next?