In September, Google made a huge mistake and sold their domain by accident.
Sammy Ved, a random ex-Google employee bought Google.com. For 12 bucks. Ved assumed it couldn’t possibly be the real Google.com, but he paid Google’s standard $12-per-domain fee and bought it. Turns out it was the real deal. Google canceled the sale almost immediately, but for a minute Ved not only owned Google, but had full access to their webmaster controls.
It was clearly a mistake so Google had no intentions of paying Ved a dime for their domain back. But when Ved pledged to donate any money he got from Google to charity, they agreed to pay an undisclosed sum.
In a recent blog post, Google announced they paid Sammy and discussed the dollar amount.
Google paid Ved $6,006.13, which kinda, sorta spells “Google” if you flip the 6’s upside down and turn the 3 to the right. Ved donated the money to a foundation that provides educational opportunities to those living in India’s slums.
So I guess everyone wins. A charity gets a nice bit of cash, and Google and Sammy have a great story to tell to friends and family.