Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Happy 25th Birthday 'Dot Com': A Look Back

The first dot-com registered this week in 1985 -- revisit the histories of the first five domains registered by Ian Paul

The Internet is filled with nostalgia on Monday as geeks all over the world celebrate the 25th anniversary of the registration of the first dot-com domain. On March 15, 1985, a small Massachusetts-based computer manufacturer Symbolics, Inc. registered Symbolics.com. It would be more than a month before the second dot-com was registered, and there wouldn't be 100 registered dot-coms until November 30, 1987.

How times have changed. Today, there are 668,000 dot-coms registered every month, according to the BBC. Current top Internet properties include names like Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Facebook and eBay--none of which were registered until the 1990s.

On this historic anniversary of the first ever registered dot-com domain, let's take a trip back and revisit the histories of the first five domains ever registered, plus the story of what is arguably the most notorious dot-com ever.

Want more domain name history? Check out The Internet's Oldest Dot-com Domain Names.

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