A Brief History of the Domain Name
At the end of 1985, there were a whopping total of six domain names registered in the world. That number has expanded to 265 million names registered globally, according to Verisign's Q3 industry brief.
As the world celebrates the web's 25th anniversary, it seems fitting to acknowledge the network addresses that help us navigate through the robustness of the Internet today.
Below, we've listed a few of the most influential and interesting moments in the history of domain names.
1985: The first .com domain
On March 15, 1985, Symbolics Inc., a computer manufacturer in Massachusetts, registered the domain name Symbolics.com, making it the first appropriately registered .com domain in the world. Symbolics.com remained under the same ownership until 25 years later, in 2009, when it was purchased for an undisclosed sum by XF.com Investments. As it stands today, Symbolics.com is a strange hybrid: part-online museum, part-advertising space.
1995: Domain name registration is no longer freeBefore 1995, anyone who wanted a domain name could register it free of charge. That all changed when the National Science Foundation awarded tech consulting company Network Solutions the ability to charge for registration. Domain prices began at $100 for a two-year registration. continue...
pretty neat to get a quick refresher on the history of domain names... to be honest, i didn't even realize that the first domain name that was ever registered was back in 1985. damn.
on a related note, there were a lot of great movies that came out back in '85... Goonies, Spies Like us, Weird Science, Fletch, Rocky IV.
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