As my budding blog took shape, I had enough sense to realize the importance of reclaiming of my domain name joshuapersky.com.
It seemed obvious that with regard to publicity, networking and ultimately finding a job, having my blog and resume under my own name would certainly be the easiest way for people to identify and find me.
I did some research and learned that if it came down to a fight, I could probably reclaim my name. The regulatory body which oversaw domain name disputes—the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)—decided overwhelmingly in favor of people who sued to obtain the rights to the domain name associated with their legal name when it was registered in bad faith by someone without that name—whom was called a cybersquatter.
I decided to contact the person who had registered my domain name in order to ask him to sell it to me. I was prepared to offer twenty dollars, ten for the registration fee and ten to cover the costs of executing a domain name transfer. If he did not agree, I would file a complaint with ICAAN and take it back.
I expected a difficult time, a request for a large sum of money, an argument and delay tactics—such as my cybersquatter hanging up the telephone or not responding to my emails.
Instead, Richard Liriano did the right thing. He spoke with me, listened to my story and told me his side of the story. He admitted he had registered joshuapersky.com after noticing my viral publicity but said he had done so with the thought of helping me out. He did not want anyone else to take advantage of me.
At first, he offered to retain the domain name yet give me rights to use it as I saw fit. I remained suspicious and insisted on the domain name being registered in my name.
I had to do a bit of research on how to technically implement the transfer, but a couple of calls to Yahoo and Go Daddy technical support, and I was told exactly what to do.
Over the next few days, Richard Liriano and I spoke and emailed each other several times, and he finally agreed to give me the full rights to my name. Not only that, he would not even charge me the ten dollars it cost him to register the domain name.
Richard emailed me:
Now, your probably wondering what do I want in return for the $10 I spent on the domain, well, all that I ask for in return is that if you plan to have a blog (which I highly recommend that you do) that you post (mention) that a fellow New Yorker wanted to help you in your mission in gaining employment and bought the domain for you.
Thanks in advance.
The official domain name transfer process took almost a month, but subsequently I was able to link my domain name joshuapersky.com to my oracleofny.comblog, and I was able to thank Richard Liriano as he had requested—by publicizing his story online.