What Was The First Domain Registered?
Although it’s tempting to think that the first domain registered belonged to some big corporation or iconic computer company, the reality is the first domain belonged to an early adopter. In 1985, shortly after domains were available for purchase by the public, a small computer firm from Cambridge, Massachusetts purchased the very first one. Symbolics, Inc. placed their stake in the virtual soil of the budding internet and into internet history with the purchase of Symbolics.com–the first domain registration and first commercial domain name all in one swoop.
As the internet had yet to gain any real traction among the general populace, Symbolics was a lonely domain for quite some time. By 1992 a mere 15,000 commercial domains had been registered, but by 2009, over 20 years past the first domain registration, a whopping 192 million domains names had been registered. 84 million of those registrations were for commercial domains. We’d love to tell you how Symbolics.com was finally happy among a swarming hive of other domain names but, alas, the site has long since been a parked domain and exists as an investment of dubious quality in the portfolio of domain trader XF Investments.