So just prior to the election, I happened to become introduced to simplistic websites like "IsObamaPresident.com", "IsMcCainPresident.com", and "IsSarahPalinPresident.com". After noticing that "IsPalinPresident.com" was still unclaimed, I quickly registered it and put up an comparably simplistic page. I didn't mention the existence of the domain anywhere other than in my regular IRC channels, but quite a few other people must have discovered it just by guessing. 200k hits later and I got asked some questions from a reporter/blogger from the Wall Street Journal:
Jeff Lawson, a 30-year-old tech-industry worker in Austin, was chatting with his friends online about election-related “Is” sites. The domain IsSarahPalinPresident.com already existed, but the breezier IsPalinPresident.com did not. So Mr. Lawson paid a few bucks just before election day to scoop up the Web address, one of several so-called vanity domains he has bought.
“It was basically only the cost of a couple of drinks from Starbucks, which is a fair price for a few laughs with my friends,” Mr. Lawson said. (For the record: “No,” it says, followed by, “And hopefully not in 2012 either.”) He’s paid up for the Web adress until next November, but Mr. Lawson isn’t sure whether he’ll keep the site up beyond that. “I’ve already had my fun,” he says.