Which Are the Oldest .Com Domains?


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Re: Unexpected
  • 1/16/2018 10:13:17 AM
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The story makes me realize even though I was around and actively playing "computer" in those early days, my brain has a hard time coming up with what I remember back then, and maybe .com names were not on my list of things to remember back then, perhaps because I do remember more or less randomly going from site to site out of curiosity and kind of an endless jounney as one "fact" lead to another, any the internet was such a new fangled thing I wanted to see as much as I could from the seeminly endless array of places to go. I do remember AOL.com of course, but not much else by name!

Re: Unexpected
  • 1/16/2018 8:39:01 AM
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I suspect that Xerox knew the potential, PARC seemed to be very forward thinking and saw a lot of technologies coming decades before we saw them talked about.

Re: Unexpected
  • 1/15/2018 12:53:02 PM
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Robert's visualization analysis certainly makes companies like Northrop and Xerox seem unusually foresightful. But I wonder if any of those forward-looking people at the time had any inkling of how precious and valuable those domain names would become, and how this gestating technology would breed such species as domain-squatters, hackers, and other miscreants ...

 

Re: Unexpected
  • 1/15/2018 8:33:47 AM
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Since most of these domains existed well before the average consumer was on the internet it makes sense that it was the bigger tech companies who were out there first.  Email was still something you got 1 or 2 of a day and most businesses were still using modems for internet access.

Early Domains
  • 1/15/2018 8:31:00 AM
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I was on Usenet before I was surfing the WWW but being a techie most of those domains are very familiar to me.  I just looked up the first corporate domains that I registered, 1996 was the earliest I was working with a corporate site/domain.  That makes me wonder now if there is enough data to see how many domains were registered per year before that, how many have changed hands between then and now.

Unexpected
  • 1/12/2018 10:38:38 AM
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I had expected all the early .coms to be forward thinking technology companies. It seems I was wrong. Very interesting.

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