“Dot com” Turns Thirty

If it were not for .com, you would not be where you are these days.

It was 30 several years ago this Sunday — March 15, 1985 — that the first dot com area was registered, switching, perfectly, form of anything.

“In the final 30 decades, the World-wide-web has evolved from an not known phenomenon utilised principally by lecturers and researchers to a global interaction, commerce and details sharing channel that number of could envision life without the need of,” said Verisign, a foremost seller of area names. “In truth, almost 3 billion individuals about the earth are on the net today, and extra than $300 billion in U.S. e-commerce profits and above $one.3 trillion in worldwide e-commerce income rely on the Net.”

30 yrs, a few billion people today, $one.3 trillion — mostly attributable to 3 small letters.

Now-defunct Massachusetts computer firm Symbolics registered the initially dot-com area, symbolics.com, on March 15, 1985. (However its equipment are extensive useless, the web site life on.) The Environment Huge Website, which we use to accessibility the information and facts on the World wide web, failed to even exist but. It wasn’t introduced right until 1991.

It would take right up until 1987 for the full number of .com domains to reach one hundred. Currently, there’s a .com registered each individual second. Which is additional than 80,000 for each day.

Until eventually the end of 2013, there were 22 area extensions, like .web, .org and .edu, according to GoDaddy. And though .com is however the go-to for legitimate-on the lookout world-wide-web addresses, more than a thousand new kinds will be rolling out around the up coming handful of years. Appear out for new alternatives these as .food, .online video, . goo, .rocks and .sucks.

Not that we have to have them. In accordance to Verisign, if all 2.5 billion World-wide-web end users in the world registered a .com just about every second for 30 million yrs, that would only include up to a single billionth of one billionth of a single per cent of all offered area names.