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Meet the man who managed to buy from Google

But only for a minute.

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EX-GOOGLER SANMAY Ved was the lucky buyer of “,” if only for a minute.

Ved told Business Insider that he was up late and searching Google Domains, Google’s website-buying service, when he noticed that was available.

Instead of a gray sad face that indicates a domain has an owner, the green happy face showed it was available.

The cost to buy the most-trafficked domain in the world? Only $12.

“I used to work at Google so I keep messing around with the product. I type in and to my surprise it showed it as available,” Ved told Business Insider. “I thought it was some error, but I could actually complete check out.”

Ved added it to his shopping cart and, surprisingly, the transaction went through.

Instead of receiving the normal “you bought a domain” emails from the company, his Google Search Console dashboard, which has an overview of his other websites, was updated with messages for the domain owner. He also received emails with internal information, which he has since reported to Google’s security team.

“The scary part was I had access to the webmaster controls for a minute,” Ved said.

He frantically took screenshots along the way and detailed the whole ordeal in a LinkedIn post.

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His ownership of was short-lived though. Google Domains canceled the sale a minute later, saying someone had registered the site before he could, and refunded Ved the $12 that had already been charged.

“So for one minute I had access,” Ved said.

At least I can now say I’m the man who owned for a minute.

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Ved is not sure what happened to allow him to purchase the site.

It could have been a bug in Google Domains or the company simply failed to renew its domain name when the time came. A Google representative said they are looking into the issue, but aren’t currently noticing anything unusual.

Google’s not the first to run into strange domain problems.

In 2003, Microsoft failed to renew its “” web address, and someone else bought it. While in Google’s case it was bought from Google itself and quickly cancelled, Microsoft had to ask the buyer to return it to them.

While Ved’s control over may have been fleeting, he’s still surprised that his late-night searching led to actually buying the site. He has been a fan of the company since he worked there for 5 1/2 years before leaving to do an MBA. His profile picture on Facebook is just a picture of the Google Plus logo.

“I can’t shake that feeling that I actually owned,” Ved said.

- Biz Carson

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