A Small Rant About Website Branding and Etiquette

Just this morning, I was surprised to see someone post a promotion of their website on our Facebook page. I had to rub my eyes because I thought I read the text as “Gundam Philippines Coming Soon…“. But upon looking at it again, it read “Gunpla Philippines Coming Soon…“. My only reaction was, WTF? Not only that, he had a domain that was named GunplaPH… Someone made a website sounding similar or synonymous to GUNDAMPH (another WTF???). I don’t own any special rights to the name GUNDAM PHILIPPINES, but it was just unethical/rude posting a website like that on the FB wall whose name sounds like GUNDAMPH and creating a website domain with almost the same meaning. ^_^

I commented on that post and told him nicely that it was not the right place to promote and to put himself in our shoes so he could feel what we felt. Then a few moments later, the post was removed by him… (yeah, you wouldn’t see it now)

 

Bloody Pirate!

I do not know the person who owns this and I do not hold a grudge against him… Adam Han was it?  Hmmm… I think the guy is Chinese or maybe Korean and is attempting to sell Gundam kits to us PINOYS. It says on his profile that he lives in CEBU…  Well, if gundam kits can be somewhat copied, then why not “somehow” create a similar website name huh? (gundam and gundoom / amuro ray and amuro RYA / ring a bell?)

 

A little “googling” then I found out that the domain was created last November 2, 2011… The person liked/visited the GUNDAMPH Facebook wall last October 10, 2011… So I think he was really observing the trend of Pinoy Gunpla enthusiasts for almost a month before he decided to create a branding for his website to sell Gundams (he must have had a hard time thinking a name for that ^_^)

 

What worries me is that there is a possibility that people may associated GundamPH with their name…  I just want everyone to know that:

— WE ARE NOT RELATED TO THAT WEBSITE   ^_^

 

This is the whois information of his domain…

http://whois.domaintools.com/gunplaph.com

Registrant : hanyounhkyu
Songnim-dong Dong-gu .
(401070)

Domain Name: GUNPLAPH.COM
Registrar: Gabia,Inc. (GABIA.COM)

Administrative, Technical, Billing Contact:
hanyounhkyu
Songnim-dong Dong-gu .
(Tel) 07086359700 (fax)

Record created on NOVEMBER 02, 2011
Record expires on NOVEMBER 02, 2012
Record last updated on

Domain servers in listed order:

dns1.cafe24.com
dns1.cafe24.co.kr
dns2.cafe24.com
dns2.cafe24.co.kr

 

Imitation is the greatest form of flattery ^_^

 

Ahihi… My ranting is done ^_^

God Bless everyone!

 

Thanks for reading!

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12 thoughts on “A Small Rant About Website Branding and Etiquette”

  1. Checked that particular website and it IS a mess. I appreciate the effort of putting so much details in the main page but still, simplicity is beauty.

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      1. I believe you have the right to take legal actions against the soon-to-be-impostor 😀
        That should fall under cyber-squatting (If I’m not mistaken)., pwede ipa-takedown yan!

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