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    First 100 Domains Ever Registered
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    Not sure how accurate it is but kind of interesting. Says first one way back in 1985. Just think of all the available names back them
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    I often think how if I knew then what I know now the chance are I'd probably be rich I learned about the internet about 10 years too late Trust My kids had a jump on me and showed me how to turn on the computer and save files. I wonder if Bill Gates was the first one to buy msn or if they had to buy it from someone ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trust
    Just think of all the available names back them
    And with all the possibilities someone registered toad.com .

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    What's even more shocking, sex.com wasn't registered until 1994 according to the wikipedia page:

    "In 1994, entrepreneur Gary Kremen (now the CEO of Grant Media, LLC) registered sex.com with Network Solutions (NSI). He did not develop a site."

    It got 25 million hits a day

    "After gaining control of the domain, Cohen developed it, producing an advertising-heavy site which gained up to 25 million hits a day. From payments for click-throughs and other advertising it was reported that Cohen was making $50,000 to $500,000 every month."

    Imagine how much you could be making nowadays with that kind of traffic.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex.com

    business.com, america.com, money.com, usa.com, shopping.com, bank.com, endless possibilities. Damn

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    This is definitely one of those "if only I'd...." threads.

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    This thread reminds me of Back To The Future when Biff gets that Almanac )

    Have you checked out the first ever registered website. Not a bit of Ajax on the site and they've had longer than everyone. LOL. Nice thread.

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    He asks, who was on the internet in 1985... me Yes there was an internet, but it was all text based. And there are none of the sites I went to on that list. Lots of the sites were also dial into, but were not BBS's, they were part of the educational internet, which is how this whole thing started anyway

    I did a lot of research into libraries and abstract and full text databases in 1982 and even registered a business name, FactFinders, based on doing internet research for people. Didn't have time to develop that at the time due to my kids health issues. It's still a registered DBA back in Monroe County

    All the schools and government agencies should have been registered by then also, I had email at the University of Rochester around 1985. Finding govt publications online was already possible back then.
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    I'm happy to see that most of those domains appear to belong to corporations who had insight about the internet that the average Joe did not. And so I don't feel quite as stupid.

    I often ponder why I didn't register a bunch of domains back in the day - I'm sure there were some good ones to be had when I first got online in 1996. Oh well

    The good news is that there's still plenty of money to be made with domain names

    BTW, I believe that TOAD was a software application.

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    lots of manufacturers like INTEL, SIEMENS, etc..

    I am sure it was not cheap to register those domains as 10 years ago, it was not cheap as opposed to now, $5.95

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    Trust, sex.edu, sex.mil and sex.gov are still available!!!

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    I'm surprised not to see any single character ones.

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    Those names are pretty dull. They weren't very creative back then!

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    In 1985 no one knew about the WWW, it was just corp, gov and edu internet. So the registering of single letter or short names wasn't even an issue. Just companies wanted their own names.
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    Loxly,

    All these young-uns need their history lessons. Al Gore invented the Internet. Not!

    That list is interesting, but back then there was no Web. The Internet was the outgrowth of the ARPANET, created to help scientists and the military transfer data and communicate. Leonard Kleinrock of MIT (as well as others independently) did work on packet switching in the early 60's that led to the creation of the "net". BBN did much of the work on the earl design, and the first node was at UCLA in 1969. The second connection was to Standford Research Institute.

    Email was not introduced until 1972. My first ARPANET account was back in 1984 or 1985 so I could move data between computers at MIT. My first regular email account was in the late '80s or very early '90s (before the Web) when Hughes gave accounts to employees. Because this was mostly used by the universities, .edu domains were the majority until 1995 sometime. I don't remember for sure, but when we first got ep.com in 1994 it was free, but shortly after that I think the rate was $50 a year per domain. I'd guess that domain was one of the first thousand or so .com domains registered.

    References and cool resources:
    http://www.isoc.org/internet/history/brief.shtml
    http://www.isc.org/index.pl?/ops/ds/
    http://www.mit.edu/people/mkgray/growth/
    http://www.domaintools.com/internet-statistics/
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    Plus, from reading, it seems the first world wide web browsers came about 1990-1993

    http://www.w3.org/People/Berners-Lee/WorldWideWeb.html

    1993 screenshot:
    http://www.w3.org/History/1994/WWW/J...nsnap2_24c.gif

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_browser

    "Mosaic was the first popular World Wide Web browser and Gopher client"

    Released in 1993

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mosaic_(web_browser)

    Added:

    Microsoft, which had thus far not marketed a browser (in fact even as late as 1995 Bill Gates dismissed personal use of the World Wide Web as a passing fad), finally entered the fray with its Internet Explorer product, purchased from Spyglass, Inc. This began what is known as the browser wars, the fight for the Web browser market between Microsoft and Netscape.

    So that would explain a lot since you couldn't really "see" any kind of website back in the days where you could register a domain name.
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    ahhh.... Archie & Gopher, yep those were the days. I seem to recall a couple of tools named like jughead and veronica... apparently the geeks at the time were big into the archie comics.

    As mentioned, if you look at those names, many were government contractors. It only makes since that they would do this to communicate with the government. Arpa was not actually the first network... anyone remember the first one?

    Added: I was just informed that apparently Arpa is older than the network I was thinking of, FidoNET. Although my understanding has always been it was the first network used by the military in the 60's...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leader
    Those names are pretty dull. They weren't very creative back then!

    ( @ Packy--WB! )
    Elbowcreek emailed me about one of my domain names. The plural version of it sold for something like $7000 because of a tv show or something Jeesh, take the (s) out of it and the sale was mine.

    I'm still amazed at how high the 3 letter dot coms are selling for right now. I would love to see what a one letter domain name is going for. I think it was ll.com that just sold for quite a bit.

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    Packy, bpal, bwaller, nice to see some folks hanging out here again

    Yeah Brad, the "kids" need to know the basics. Make em look at the net with lynx!!!! That'll make em appreciate today's browsers!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by WyndhamVacationR-EricEwe
    I am sure it was not cheap to register those domains as 10 years ago, it was not cheap as opposed to now, $5.95
    My first domains were free! They were just givin' them away. Wow can you belive that (looking back at what they were worth?). Gaud.. I dumped so many too when they went to $35/year. OMG.. so funny.

    Hey, what's really interesting is to see that it took almost THREE years for the first 100 to be registered. I'll bet that that 100 are registered every minute nowadays!

    Ahhh.. the memories.
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    I did a quick check myself and found these:

    • 24-Apr-1985 UCLA.EDU
    • 24-Apr-1985 BERKELEY.EDU
    • 24-Apr-1985 PURDUE.EDU
    • 24-Apr-1985 CMU.EDU
    • 25-Apr-1985 RUTGERS.EDU
    • 23-May-1985 MIT.EDU
    • 04-Oct-1985 STANFORD.EDU
    • 08-Oct-1986 NYU.EDU
    • 16-Dec-1986 UTAH.EDU
    • 27-Apr-1987 UCSB.EDU


    And another cool resource, Maps of the ARPANET:
    http://www.cybergeography.org/atlas/historical.html
    Last edited by bcwaller; August 21st, 2007 at 01:56 PM. Reason: looked at the map and found other early .edu
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    I can't stop myself. I found a great page with even more info, and earlier domains, in order, but likely there may still be omissions. The first one is a "retroactive" data, as the domain was converted to enea.se when they switched to TCP and the .se TLD was created in 1986. (http://www.domenenavn.ws/de-forst-re...e-com-domener/)

    • 1983-04-07 ENEA.SE http://whois.domaintools.com/enea.se
    • 01-Jan-1985 NORDU.NET
    • 15-Mar-85 SYMBOLICS.COM
    • 24-Apr-85 BBN.COM
    • 24-Apr-85 BERKELEY.EDU
    • 24-Apr-85 UCLA.EDU
    • 24-Apr-85 PURDUE.EDU
    • 24-Apr-85 RICE.EDU
    • 24-Apr-85 CMU.EDU
    • 25-Apr-85 RUTGERS.EDU
    • 23-May-85 MIT.EDU
    • 24-May-85 THINK.COM
    • 20-Jun-85 CSS.GOV
    • 27-Jun-85 HARVARD.EDU
    • 10-Jul-85 MITRE.ORG
    • 11-Jul-85 MCC.COM
    • 15-Jul-85 CORNELL.EDU
    • 18-Jul-85 UIUC.EDU
    • 24-Jul-85 AC.UK
    • 24-Jul-85 UDEL.EDU
    • 31-Jul-85 UMD.EDU
    • 13-Aug-85 UTEXAS.EDU
    • 20-Aug-85 USC.EDU
    • 30-Sep-85 WISC.EDU
    • 30-Sep-85 UCI.EDU
    • 30-Sep-85 DEC.COM
    • 4-Oct-85 STANFORD.EDU
    • 7-Oct-85 UMICH.EDU
    • 7-Nov-85 NORTHROP.COM
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