Domain party like it’s 1985 : Happy 31st birthday, Symbolics.com

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Aron Meystedt owns Symbolics.com

Aron Meystedt owns Symbolics.com

It’s been 31 years since March 15th, 1985 – the date that the domain Symbolics.com became the first ever .com to be registered after a company applied for it.

Through the years, Symbolics.com was used as a temporary placeholder for ancient software, and eventually domain investor Aron Meystedt acquired it, for an undisclosed amount in the thousands of dollars.

But is Symbolics.com the first domain EVER to exist?

Not so, according to our research, as Nordu.net, a domain still active today, bears a registration date of January 1st, 1985. The Nordic Gateway for Research and Education is a Swedish organization.

That’s right, on New Year’s day of 1985, some government employee was punching numbers into an antiquated super computer of the time, making history, instead of partying with the rest of the crowds.

Except, it didn’t really happen like this.

Nordu.net was “allocated” directly, with no registration application by an end user, and a resolving date of 1/1/1985.

Even more interestingly, the allocation of the ccTLD dot .US predates Symbolics.com. Dot .US was allocated on February 15th, 1985, making it the oldest ccTLD in existence, and definitely older than Symbolics.com.

Sorry for stealing your thunder, Symbolics.com – happy 31st birthday! 😀


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5 Responses to “Domain party like it’s 1985 : Happy 31st birthday, Symbolics.com”
  1. Aron says:

    Haha. no worries.
    you are correct – Nordu was allocated and not registered.

    Either way… Symbolics.com was the first .com taken once registration was opened.
    Good digging!
    Glad I got it back after deleting it in protest 😀 😀

  2. DomainGang says:

    Aron, congratulations! How does it feel to be only 5 years older than the oldest .com in the world? 😀

  3. Aron says:

    After kindergarten, one day, I stumbled into my parents living room and hopped on their computer –
    accidentally registering the world’s first domain name.

  4. donny says:

    cool name. He also owns tablets.com which should fetch 250k to 500k I would think but no idea.

  5. JoinDomains says:

    Hey that’s my cousin

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