Last night I purchased the domains fácebook.com and góogle.com as an experiment.

It wasn't until then that I realized how easily one could fall prey to an IDN homograph attack (I didn't even know it had a name). You might not confuse an á with a, but I think even tech-savvy people could easily confuse the Greek letter Α with the Latin letter A, as my friend +Sayamindu Dasgupta pointed out to me.

As a native Spanish speaker, I really appreciate the existence of Internationalized Domain Names. However, this homograph attack issue and episodes like the confusion of a ReadWriteWeb.com page for the Facebook login page last year, show how important Internet literacy is.

I'm happy to give the domains to Facebook and Google if they ask for them. I have no use for them. For now, I have set the domains to forward to my profile pages on both sites.
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things get even more complicated now that there are top level domains in other languages! btw, do you know what the part before the dot in this URL means? it is not .il is it? http://בײַשפּיל.טעסט (i got it from http://idn.icann.org/)
 
I think you should direct those pages to a simple web page with Google Analytics that forwards to your Facebook after 2 seconds, so you can measure how many people actually visit those homograph pages.
 
Here are the logs of recent visits: http://j.mp/pBqfbx I'd be curious if anyone can figure out why so many visitors are using a browser called Netfront (apparently from Samsung mobiles)
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