Country-turned-pop star Taylor Swift has reportedly made another clever business move by purchasing a couple of salacious Internet domains with with her name on them. But why would the singer do such thing? Is she planning to invest in the lucrative adult market? Is this a plot to cover up a mystery scandal that has yet to reach the public? Read on and find out.
You won?t be seeing any risqu? Swifty photos on ?TaylorSwift.adult? any time soon
A number of Top-Level domains (TLDs), including not so savory ones like .sucks, .porn, and .adult, are scheduled to be available for purchase on June 1. It appears that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the entity which control these new domains, are allowing companies and public figures to get ahead of the game.
The pop superstar?s team has wasted no time and bought two domains namely TaylorSwift.porn and TaylorSwift.adult, according to CNNMoney. Once these Internet domains are purchased, the buyer will have full control over it meaning they?ll be able to redirect users who have gone to those sites into their respective official websites. It is said that the getting those domain names this early can cost up to $2,500 per suffix.
Why would Tay-tay buy porn site domains?
Taylor Swift apparently made this timely move to protect her currently lucrative brand. In other words, she bought them so that neither you, her haters, or her long list of ex-lovers could buy them and ruin her name in the process.
On a more serious note, this is part of the problematic digital process called ?domain squatting? where lots domains are registered beforehand with the goal of profiting off anyone with a brand to protect. ?Put simply, celebrities and big ticket corporations practically don?t have the option not to buy. So if Taylor does not buy TaylorSwift.porn, who will?
Taylor Swift?s publicity team obviously mean business
This X-rated domain name shopping spree is the latest in a series of tech savvy business moves by the best-selling singer. In February, Swifty posted photos on Instagram to prevent paparazzi from selling images of herself in bikini. Last year, Taylor pulled off her entire catalog from popular music streaming app Spotify to force people into shelling out ?enough money? to buy her album.
By Eva Rinaldi (Taylor Swift) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons