The History of Domain Names


Symbolics.com was registered on March 15, 1985 by the Symbolics Computer Corporation in Massachusetts

In 2009, the domain was sold to XF.com Investments for an undisclosed sum. This year, 2012, we celebrate the 27th anniversary. The internet is a $1.5 trillion industry

Symbolics has been mentioned on CNN, Fox News, CNBC, The discovery channel, msnbc, wired.com, and many more media outlets.

The internet is a 1.5 trillion dollar industry projected to be a $4 trillion industry by 2020

GODADDY is the single largest registrar of domain names.

5 most popular websites today: google, you tube, facebook, yahoo, live.com

Domain and internet growth

annual renewal and growth is less than 10 dollars a year and no property taxes

many corporations buy domain names just to prevent others from acquiring the name and growing potential market

average cost of a premium domain exceeds $20,000 and rising everyday

annual domain name sales are exceeding $250 million

the third quarter of 2011 closed 220 million domain name registrations

Registered domain names at end of 2011

95.5 million .com

13.8 million .net

9.3 million .org

7.6 million .info

2.1 million .biz

Two letter .com domain names are the most valuable virtual real estate

fb.com reportedly sold to facebook for 8.5 million

yp.com sold recently for 3.85 million

there are only 676 possible two letter.com domains

first 2 letter domain name was hp.com in 1986

Most expensive domain names

2011 social.com 2.6 million

2010 sex.com 13 million (most expensive domain name ever)

2009 toys.com 5.1 million


92% of adult us internet users send or read email

the big three are email sites together accounting for over 1 billion users yahoo, hotmail and gmail

3.1 billion email accounts in 2011

294 billion average numbers of emails per day

Internet users 2.1 billion worldwide

more devices connected to the web than people on earth

82.2 million smartphones connected to internet

the number of global internet users has grown by 42% from 2000 to 2011


the first emoticon is credited to Kevin Mackenzie in 1979 but was rather simple and didnt really look like a face

social media launched

2003- my space, linked in

2004- facebook

800 million facebook users

200 million users added in 2011


18.1 people following Gaga


1 trillion playbacks on youtube

48 hours of video uploaded per minute


14 million instagram accounts in 2011

60 photos uploaded per second

100 billion photos on facebook

51 million users on flickr

6 billion photos hosted on Flickr.

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The History of Domain Names

shared by edy on Aug 09, 2012 in Computers

The History of Domain Names

shared by edy on Aug 09, 2012 in Computers


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An infographic showing the history of domain names, starting from the first registered domain, back in 1985.
Rank: 296 of 4108 in Computers

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