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Happy 30th Anniversary, Dot Com Addresses!

Posted 3/15/2015 6:12 pm by
The first .com address, symbolics.com.

The first .com address, symbolics.com.

It seems like only five years ago we were celebrating the 25th anniversary of the first dot com address.  That’s because we were.  Thirty years ago, symbolics.com was the first dot com address registered, kickstarting the modern Internet as we know it.  Happy 30th anniversary, Symbolics.com!  And more importantly, happy 30th anniversary, Internet!

“In the last 30 years, the Internet has evolved from an unknown phenomenon used primarily by academics and researchers to a global communication, commerce and information sharing channel that few could imagine life without,” said Verisign president and CEO Jim Bidzos in a press release.  “.COM is more than just an address.  It’s a globally recognized and respected brand itself that nearly every major global brand, including 100 percent of the Fortune 500, has entrusted with their online presence.”

March 15, 1985 was when Symbolics registered.  By 1987, there were over 100 .com addresses registered by companies like Xerox, HP, Adope, Apple, and Intel.  Of course, they weren’t much use until the World Wide Web came into being in 1991, but hey, the important thing is they were ready for it when it came, and the leader was a computer company from Massachusetts, of all places.

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