Daily Archives: May 15, 2011

Restrictions on domain names used with Google Apps

I’ve been wanting to move stupidfoot.com to Google Apps for a while now but never really had the time to do it. Tonight I decided to spend the 20 minutes or so it would take to create the account and move the MX record and load my old mail via IMAP.

It turns out that Google has some restrictions on domain names that they will allow to be used with Google Apps. This list was taken from their signup restrictions page.

  • Domain availability in our system
  • Inappropriate domain names (offensive, false branding, etc.)
  • Restricted locations
  • Number of domains that you have already registered (this is meant to prevent abuse of our system)
  • Involvement in IT decisions for your organization

It seems stupidfoot.com falls into one of those categories, I’m guessing the one that I’ve bolded. I took a guess that Google doesn’t like the word stupid. A quick search for google apps restrictions domain name stupid shows that my guess was correct. I’m not the first person to have a problem with Google’s seemingly arbitrary domain name filtering.  This guy has run into the same problem I did but unlike me he had a friend at Google to get in touch with to help him out.

I’m hoping someone from Google stumbles across this and will get in touch with me and help me work this out. I plan on mashing buttons on the Google Apps site with hopes of finding a contact form that will allow me to get in touch with Google and have an exception made for stupidfoot.com.