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The First Ever Dotcom

Posted by: Mike Pomranz | March 15, 2010 at 12:00PM

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the first time ever a "dotcom" domain name was registered!

On March 15th, 1985, Symbolics computers of Cambridge, Massachusetts entered the history books by registering…  drum roll please…


At this point, every domain was available.  Every single one.  They could have had any name they wanted.

In retrospect, this is kind of like being the first one out to the California Gold Rush and coming back with a bag full of silver.  Or having the number one pick in the NFL Draft and taking JaMarcus Russell.

Here are some domain names I would have suggested registering instead: Anything.  Anything other than would have been a good choice.  Any two letter combination.  Any three letter combination.

Even any real word used in the English language would have made more sense than "symbolics."  You can't really pluralize an adjective.  For example, is a registered domain name. is still available right now in 2010.

So March 15th might actually also double as the 25th anniversary of the first Internet FAIL.

[via BBC News]

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