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Happy 25th Birthday to the .COM

It’s been able to get married for almost a decade; and voted in the last two elections, but another important age has been reached: The .com domain name is now 25 years old.

The very first domain name ever registered was Symbolics.com, on behalf of ’80s computer maker Symbolics.

That year – 1985 – there were just 5 further domains registered. The growth in domain names remained fairly slow for the next 10 years, and it wasn’t until 1997 that the 1million milestone was reached.

These days and astonishing 100,000 domain names registered every day, and a total of 86m that are active. A further 113m .com websites have come and gone.

Falling costs

The low early numbers was partly down to the cost. A domain name cost several hundred pounds. Not so any more – you can register a .com domain name with WebEden for  £11.99 a year.

Some domain names have gone on to be worth a lot more than their original registration cost – as we saw with our coverage of the world’s most expensive domain name.

Not many left

With 86 million domains in circulation, there have been worries that there are not enough domain names left. In fact, there are just 35,000 unregistered single word .com or .net domain names remaining. You can see them all – and be inspired to snap them up – over at lastwordsleft.com.

What happened to Symbolics.com?

What about Symbolics, that domain name pioneer? They went bust a few years ago, although the domain has been snapped up by a speculator.

Do you own a great domain name? Are you interested in speculating in the online real estate of domains? Leave us a comment below.

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