25 years ago the first ever internet domain is registered

Published March 16, 2012
Last Updated August 1, 2019
Jask Creative

Many people have their own interpretation of the internet but if we had to describe the internet, we would describe it as an explosion of a new youthful beast. However, for those that remember, 25 years ago the first internet domain was registered and it will almost bring a tear to the eye when you think the internet was only accessible using a 14.4k modem through an ISP that charged by the minute.

You may find this hard to believe but it wasn’t ‘www.internet.com’ or ‘www.dot.com’ that was purchased when the internet was born, instead, it was an off the all domain symbolics.com.

This particular domain name was purchased back in March 1985 by the Symbolics Computer Corporation located at Cambridge, MA. In 2009, a small group of investors purchased the domain name from the Symbolics Computer Corporation according to the domain’s website itself that has since been updated to hold information regarding the domain mentions and visitor locations as well as the registered .com counter.

Interested to see how it looked back in the day? Check out the first available screenshot of the site as held by Web Archive.

The last quarter century has seen the internet grow in leaps and bounds beyond all imagination and literally millions of domains are now registered with thousands more being added all the time.

For nostalgia, here is a list of the top 25 early domain name registrations:

  1. 15-Mar-1985 SYMBOLICS.COM
  2. 24-Apr-1985 BBN.COM
  3. 24-May-1985 THINK.COM
  4. 11-Jul-1985 MCC.COM
  5. 30-Sep-1985 DEC.COM
  6. 07-Nov-1985 NORTHROP.COM
  7. 09-Jan-1986 XEROX.COM
  8. 17-Jan-1986 SRI.COM
  9. 03-Mar-1986 HP.COM
  10. 05-Mar-1986 BELLCORE.COM
  11. 19-Mar-1986 IBM.COM
  12. 19-Mar-1986 SUN.COM
  13. 25-Mar-1986 INTEL.COM
  14. 25-Mar-1986 TI.COM
  15. 25-Apr-1986 ATT.COM
  16. 08-May-1986 GMR.COM
  17. 08-May-1986 TEK.COM
  18. 10-Jul-1986 FMC.COM
  19. 10-Jul-1986 UB.COM
  20. 05-Aug-1986 BELL-ATL.COM
  21. 05-Aug-1986 GE.COM
  22. 05-Aug-1986 GREBYN.COM
  23. 05-Aug-1986 ISC.COM
  24. 05-Aug-1986 NSC.COM
  25. 05-Aug-1986 STARGATE.COM

What is your earliest memory of the first domain name you came across, please share with us below.

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