Happy Birthday Dot Com — Dot Com Domain Celebrates 25 Years-Old

history-icon In previous article How about the 10 oldest domains on the internet today?, I asked which was the oldest domains on the internet. If you are carefully enough, perhaps you will find the oldest domain SYMBOLICS.COM was born 1985-03-15, yes, on March 15, 1985, a Massachusetts computer systems firm registered the first .com Internet domain name.

It’s the 25th birthday for the first dot com domain name. it’s hard to believe, but it’s true.

By 1992, fewer than 15,000 .com domains were registered

In 1997, the amount of .com domain names registered topped one million.

In 2009, Symbolics.com was sold to its current owner, Missouri based XF.com Investment Company.

Today, fast forward thirteen years, and millions more have been registered. Just ask anyone familiar with registering domain names, and you’ll likely be responded to with “everything’s taken.”

There are 84 million domain names, including 11.9 million e-commerce and online business sites, 4.3 million entertainment sites, 3.1 million finance-related sites and 1.8 million sports sites.

According to the report of "The Internet Economy 25 Years After .Com.":

"One can rightly describe the commercial Internet as a general-purpose technology, one whose significance to society should be viewed as on par with the advent of inexpensive steel, the telephone, the internal combustion engine or electricity,"

"Can you remember what it was like before the Internet, before .com?"

said Mark McLaughlin, president and chief executive officer of VeriSign Inc. of Mountain View, Calif.

"What about the next 25 years? Who can imagine that?"

Yes, what about the next 25 years? Can you imagine that? :)

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