First ever registered domain finds a new home
The first Internet domain name, Symbolics.com, was registered 25 years ago today, on March 15, 1985. The site still exists, although the Lisp computer company in whose name the domain was first registered, Symbolics Inc., is now defunct. A private company called Symbolics-dks now owns the assets of the original company and continues to maintain an open development language called Genera. Original Symbolics staffers included Neal Feinberg, Sonya Keene, Scott McKay, David Moon, Ken Pitman and Dan Weinreb.
“This birthday is really significant because what we are celebrating here is the internet and dotcom is a good, well known placeholder for the rest of the internet,” said Mark Mclaughlin, chief executive officer of Verisign. “Who would have guessed 25 years ago where the internet would be today. This really was a groundbreaking event.”
Now we see around 668,000 dotcom sites registered each month.But, the dot-com economy is by no means mature. About 1.7 billion of the world’s 6.7 billion people use the Internet, meaning 75% of us are still off to the side of the flow of e-commerce. Less than a third of Americans buy things online. Only about half the small businesses in the U.S. have a Web site.
The dot-com economy has already more than exceeded its promise as a means of generating new products, services, and business models and is a dream come true for innovators and entrepreneurs around the world. It is making us smarter, safer, more efficient, and better connected. But the best thing of all? The best is yet to come.And it all started with Symbolics Computers twenty-five years ago