Is it a known practice of domain name registrars (in this case, godaddy) to buy a domain name very shortly after someone searches for the availability of that domain name?
I was searching for the availability of a domain name on whois.com, and seeing it was not available, I checked the whois info for that domain. Turns out it's owned by godaddy.com, but was created just a few months ago, right around the time I had previously searched for it and found it to be available. Should have snapped it then!
Is this just a fluke or is this a known practice?
If I was a domain name registrar, that's probably what I would do, i.e. monitor interest for available domain name from people's searches, and buy those available domains when a certain threshold has been met.