Claim: UK power company chooses an unfortunate domain name for the web site of their Italian division.’
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2003]
Powergen are starting up in Italy for electricity. They wanted to publicise their services and launched a website. Bear in mind that this was created by Italian developers for an English company.
Origins: The standards for creating domain names on the Internet (numbers and letters only; no spaces or punctuation marks other than a hyphen) have led to some interesting combinations when operations with
The “Who represents?” site prompted recent mention of a similarly humorous domain naming gaffe in the Sydney Morning Herald‘s
The web address of Who Represents reminded David Warrell, of the University of NSW, of a programming advice and discussion web site he frequently called, Experts Exchange. “For a surprisingly long time, their address was www.expertsexchange.com. It now has a hyphen, www.experts-exchange.com.”
The Experts Exchange site reportedly adopted a hyphen in their domain name after receiving a few too many queries from prospective patients seeking information about transgender surgery.
The issue of inadvertently-chosen titillating domain names came up again in
Last updated: 6 June 2011
Richardson, Tim. “Powergen Denies Ties with Powergenitalia.” The Register. 18 June 2003. The Sydney Morning Herald. “Column 8.” 13 May 2003.