25 Jul '13, 1pm

Lessons from the 100 oldest #domain names #NNblog #internet

If we believe the internet chatter, we could be just a few weeks away from the launch of the gTLD program , with ICANN almost ready to press the big red reset button on the internet. Once that happens we expect to see the online equivalent of the Gold Rush. But for those of us old enough (shamefully I am raising my hand at this point), we have been here before. On 1 January 1985 when many of us were recovering from a heavy new year’s eve, the first ever domain name was registered. Contrary to popular opinion, it wasn’t Symbolic.com (which wasn’t released until March 1985), but it was Nordu.net, a domain name used for the first commercial nameserver. Between 1 January 1985 and 30 November 1987, a total of 100 domain names were registered. It took 35 months to reach 100 domain names. Today, some registrars will top that figure in a matter of minutes. Hardly a Gold Rush, and ...

Full article: http://www.netnames.com/blog/2013/07/lessons-from-the-100...

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