Dot Com Time Capsule: The Oldest Domains

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By Casey Lynn
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

TG Daily brings us a list of the 100 oldest .com, .org, .net, and .edu domains. The first, symbolic.com, was registered 24 years ago this month. Some unsurprising names also topping the list are xerox.com, ibm.com, and intel.com. Stargate.com is 25th, but it looks like the science fiction fans haven’t gotten hold of it yet.

The first university to snag a .edu address was Berkeley, followed by Purdue, UCLA, MIT, and Harvard.

It’s also kind of interesting to hop in a time capsule and see what apple.com looked like in 1997. And it was only ten years before that that the company registered the domain, three years after they registered the APPLE trademark (which, of course, they’ve been dilligent about defending ever since).

I may be older than the oldest .com, but I definitely had no idea what the Internet was in 1987.  Do any of you remember these early websites? I for one would be interested to know what ibm.com looked like in the mid-eighties.

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14 Responses to Dot Com Time Capsule: The Oldest Domains

  1. Come on kids, know your history… Mosaic, the first web browser ?? The first one one was from Tim Berners-Lee, it ran a NeXT computer, and before the end of 1992, several other existed, mainly ViolaWWW. Mosaic was a breakthrough though, making the Web known to America, even though it was already beginning to get big in the HEP (High Energy Physics) community…

    see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Www

    Fred, CERN web office alum

  2. There were no “websites” before NCSA Mosaic (1993), not in the usual sense.

    The internet in the 1980’s was about mail, USENET News, FTP, telnet, and IRC (towards the end) – no web.

  3. Visit the Internet WayBack Machine to see old web content.

    Consider that “the Internet”, to most people, is only the World Wide Web, ibm.com didn’t “look” like anything in the 80s — www wasn’t “invented” until ’90 and the 1st web browser (Mosaic) until ’93.

    IBM’s web pages go back to the fall of ’96.

  4. There were no "websites" before NCSA Mosaic (1993), not in the usual sense.

    The internet in the 1980's was about mail, USENET News, FTP, telnet, and IRC (towards the end) – no web.

  5. Visit the Internet WayBack Machine to see old web content.

    Consider that "the Internet", to most people, is only the World Wide Web, ibm.com didn't "look" like anything in the 80s — www wasn't "invented" until '90 and the 1st web browser (Mosaic) until '93.

    IBM's web pages go back to the fall of '96.

  6. Come on kids, know your history… Mosaic, the first web browser ?? The first one one was from Tim Berners-Lee, it ran a NeXT computer, and before the end of 1992, several other existed, mainly ViolaWWW. Mosaic was a breakthrough though, making the Web known to America, even though it was already beginning to get big in the HEP (High Energy Physics) community…

    see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Www

    Fred, CERN web office alum

  7. As previously stated, there was internet long before there was 'the web.' And don't you hate it when noobs or the imprecise use the word 'interweb?' Just makes me wanna slap 'em! I don't remember how many links I lost when I quit using NCSA Mosaic and moved to something else! Most of the earliest 'websites' that I can remember were nothing more than text on pages, of course, since none of the 'widgets' had been invented yet, either. Some were 'linked' representations or imports of their gopher or ftp listings, or other existing content. The only difference was that selections that you previously had to type into the keyboard, you just pointed and clicked. Ooooh, Aaaaah! ;-) It's hard to remember back that far. But having been on the 'net since long before the web and browsers, yeah, I came from the "we don't need no stinkeen' GUI' crowd. ;-) It's been nice. Although it was better when everyone out there using the 'net had a vested interest in keeping things running and working. Now that anyone with a couple of bucks can get on the web, the malicious little pondscum that have nothing better to do than to create mischief and havoc have gone there to find things to screw with, and to break. Just another example of why humanity needs more chlorine in the gene pool, unfortunately. :-(

  8. As previously stated, there was internet long before there was ‘the web.’ And don’t you hate it when noobs or the imprecise use the word ‘interweb?’ Just makes me wanna slap ’em! I don’t remember how many links I lost when I quit using NCSA Mosaic and moved to something else! Most of the earliest ‘websites’ that I can remember were nothing more than text on pages, of course, since none of the ‘widgets’ had been invented yet, either. Some were ‘linked’ representations or imports of their gopher or ftp listings, or other existing content. The only difference was that selections that you previously had to type into the keyboard, you just pointed and clicked. Ooooh, Aaaaah! ;-) It’s hard to remember back that far. But having been on the ‘net since long before the web and browsers, yeah, I came from the “we don’t need no stinkeen’ GUI’ crowd. ;-) It’s been nice. Although it was better when everyone out there using the ‘net had a vested interest in keeping things running and working. Now that anyone with a couple of bucks can get on the web, the malicious little pondscum that have nothing better to do than to create mischief and havoc have gone there to find things to screw with, and to break. Just another example of why humanity needs more chlorine in the gene pool, unfortunately. :-(

  9. GadgetNut, you know your history but you're a bit behind the curve as far as net culture goes. Anyone who says "interweb" is using it sarcastically as a parody of the clueless.

    See urbandictionary.com for definitive definitions.

  10. GadgetNut, you know your history but you’re a bit behind the curve as far as net culture goes. Anyone who says “interweb” is using it sarcastically as a parody of the clueless.

    See urbandictionary.com for definitive definitions.

  11. >Anyone who says “interweb” is using it sarcastically

    >as a parody of the clueless.

    Well, actually no…unfortunately. I heard it used in conversation just the other day. I thought at first that they were being sarcastic. But as the conversation played out, context proved otherwise. :-(

    The person was a noob, who'd heard it used 'somewhere,' and didn't realize that the word was sarcastic, and thought that they were using it properly. When I later tried to explain, they verbally castigated me.

  12. >Anyone who says “interweb” is using it sarcastically
    >as a parody of the clueless.

    Well, actually no…unfortunately. I heard it used in conversation just the other day. I thought at first that they were being sarcastic. But as the conversation played out, context proved otherwise. :-(

    The person was a noob, who’d heard it used ‘somewhere,’ and didn’t realize that the word was sarcastic, and thought that they were using it properly. When I later tried to explain, they verbally castigated me.