Sunday, March 15, 2015, marks a very important anniversary for the world-wide web. On March 15, 1985, the first .COM domain name, symbolics.com was registered, making this Sunday year 30 of the internet as we know it today. Visit this Symbolics.com page on their site for a great history of how it became the first .COM. Verisign, a Reston, Virginia Company, is a global leader in domain names. Verisign purchased the company Network Solutions in 2000 taking over its role as the registry operator for .COM.
In 1987, the first 100 .COM domain names were registered, Apple.com, was one of those -Microsoft.com , arguably their biggest competitor, didn’t launch their homepage until 1993. In 1990, the code for the World Wide Web was written, thus enabling internet users to easily access information shared on .COM websites. The global economy has been greatly impacted as well. Amazon.com sold its first book online in 1995, and ebay.com sold $52.5 billion in merchandise in 2.4 billion auctions. In 2015, virtually every consumer goods retailer uses e-commerce to sell their products online. An eight trillion dollar global economy and nearly $300 billion in US annual retail e-commerce relies on the internet.
Prior to the registration of the first .COM domain name, the internet was used primarily by scientists, the world of academia, and researchers to transfer data to one-another. Today, the internet has been transformed to a global marketplace, and a platform for connecting people across the globe starting with aol.com – which launched in 1995 and AIM (AOL instant messenger) which allowed people to communicate in real-time. The world’s most trafficked search engine, Google.com, was launched in 1997. The dawn of social networking starting with Facebook.com in 2004 (originally registered as thefacebook.com), YouTube.com in 2005, Twitter.com in 2006, Pinterest, and Instagram both launched in 2010. In 2010 35 hours of video was uploaded to YouTube every minute, but today, that number has grown to 300 hours of video uploaded every minute. The top 10 most followed twitter handles are connected to a .COM presence, and all of the top social media websites live on .COM.
The impact that .COM has had on the world cannot be summed up quickly- to say the least, it has had an enormous impact on the transformation of economy and culture. “.COM is more than just an address. It’s a globally recognized and respected brand itself that nearly every major global brand, including 100 percent of the Fortune 500, has entrusted with their online presence,” said Jim Bidzos, executive chairman, president and chief executive officer at Verisign. “.COM turning 30 represents a shared milestone for us all and a celebration worth commemorating.”
In 1985, there were just six .COM domains registered. Today, a .COM domain name is registered every second, on average, there are more than 116 million .COM domain names registered, and 100% of Fortune 500 companies have a .COM.
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