.com celebrates 25th Anniversary

On March 15, 1985, a Cambridge, Massachusetts based computer systems firm called Symbolics, Inc. registered the first .com Internet domain name. In 1985, only six entities registered a .com, one of six top-level domain names created a year earlier in a reorganization of the early Internet's naming bureaucracy. At the time, .cor (short for corporate) […]

On March 15, 1985, a Cambridge, Massachusetts based computer systems firm called Symbolics, Inc. registered the first .com Internet domain name. In 1985, only six entities registered a .com, one of six top-level domain names created a year earlier in a reorganization of the early Internet's naming bureaucracy. At the time, .cor (short for corporate) almost beat .com as the designation for commercial Internet addresses. In 1998 and 1999 the ".com boom" began which saw nearly 20 million names registered in those two years. The burst of the dotcom bubble in 2000 saw registrations cool off slightly. The bubble burst in March 2000 when the NASDAQ stock market peaked at more than double its value from the previous year before. The NASDAQ lost nearly 9% in just six days triggering chain reactions from investors, funds and institutions who feared the results of US DOJ vs Microsoft, poor results from Internet retailers in Christmas 1999 and business spending on the Y2K bug. VeriSign have setup a 25th Anniversary site for .COM to celebrate its existence.