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

Aron Meystedt owns

Aron Meystedt owns

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

Through the years, 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 the first domain EVER to exist?

Not so, according to our research, as, 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. 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 Dot .US was allocated on February 15th, 1985, making it the oldest ccTLD in existence, and definitely older than

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

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