And He Shoots Elephants, Too.

Via on Dec 22, 2011

Old reason to leave GoDaddy. New reason to leave GoDaddy.





Update: Headfake. Godaddy has not withdrawn official support of SOPA. Let’s leave ‘em.

Updated as of 12/23/11:

“Fighting online piracy is of the utmost importance, which is why Go Daddy has been working to help craft revisions to this legislation – but we can clearly do better,” Warren Adelman, Go Daddy’s newly appointed CEO, said. “It’s very important that all Internet stakeholders work together on this. Getting it right is worth the wait. Go Daddy will support it when and if the Internet community supports it.”

In other words, boycotts do make a difference (but keep an eye on GoDaddy…they still hope to support SOPA, as soon as you get on board!)

 Will December 29th be Dump GoDaddy Day?

Pop quiz:

If the success of your small business depends on you having an innovative online presence, do you want your web host to be someone fighting against censorship and fighting to protect your right to free speech?

…or do you want this guy?






It’s scary enough to see legislation like SOPA in the first place; scarier still to see it being supported by companies that you would expect to lead the rallying cry against internet censorship.

Best commentary from Reddit:

definitely evil – I read their statement here:

‎} implying people who bypass mainstream DNS “get what they deserve”

} implying tech engineers “are scaremongering and fiefdom-building”

} implying nations who oppose SOPA are “un democratic” or “oppressive”

} implying this bill is about “protecting American jobs”

Biggest load of crap I have ever read. Thankful I host my own domains right now.


While his elephant hunting won’t affect your business, the money and energy he is funneling in support of SOPA will.

For relephant and enlightening commentary on SOPA and the folks supporting it, please watch:

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About Kate Bartolotta

Kate Bartolotta is the strongest girl in the world. She is the love child of a pirate and a roller derby queen. She hails from the second star to the right. Her love of words is boundless, but she knows that many of life’s best moments are completely untranslatable. When she is not writing, you may find her practicing yoga, devouring a book, playing with her children, planting dandelions, or dancing barefoot with her heart on her sleeve. She is madly in love with life and does not know how this story ends; she’s making it up as she goes. Kate is the owner and editor-in-chief of Be You Media Group. She also writes for The Huffington Post, elephant journal, The Good Men Project, The Green Divas, Yoganonymous, The Body Project, Project Eve, Thought Catalog and Soulseeds. She facilitates writing workshops and retreats throughout North America. Heart Medicine, Kate's book on writing, is now available on You can follow Kate on Facebook and Twitter


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18 Responses to “And He Shoots Elephants, Too.”

  1. elcarg says: is a great domain hosting company, and yogi owned.

  2. I heard GreenGeek is a good one too…friend just recommended via FB.

  3. elephantjournal says:

    All you need to know about moving to another domain hosting service in this thread:

  4. isabel says: is an awesome independent domain in San Francisco that supports lots of artists by being open to trade and also provides service to low income folks and is working super hard to bridge the digital divide among Latinos in San Francisco by wiring the Mission neighborhood with free and low-cost wi-fi —and my small disclaimer, Rudy, one of the owners is my brother :) But I am SO proud of him and his team and really, they are cool, down to earth people who flip the finger at the large corporations. (and you don't have to be an SF resident to use their hosting services)

  5. elephantjournal says:

    Update: Jimmy Wales decides to move Wikipedia from Godaddy. HUGE (literally):

  6. elephantjournal says:

    Godaddy lost 21,000 domains yesterday.

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