What Was The 1st Registered Domain Name?

Did you know that Symbolics.com was the first domain name that was ever registered? on the 15th of March 1985.It was registered by the now defunct Massachusetts-based computer manufacturer Symbolics

While the 1st domain name was created in January 1985 was Nordu.net (it was used to serve as the identifier of the first root server, nic.nordu.net), The domain name symbolics.com was the first to actually be registered through the appropriate DNS process a few months later. This was of course long before there was a WWW, but we already had ‘the Internet’.

 In fact, the first TCP/IP-based wide-area network had already been operational for two years when nordu.net was first created, right around the time the United States’ National Science Foundation (NSF) commissioned the construction of the legendary NSFNET, a university 56 kilobit/second network backbone. Only six companies agreed that it would be a great idea to reserve the domain name on the root servers in 1985 (the others were bbn.com, think.com, mcc.com, dec.com and northrop.com). However, Symbolics was first to move forward with this idea.

Symbolics Inc, started from the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab which was a computer manufacturer headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts and later in Concord, Massachusetts, that was designing and manufacturing a line of Lisp machines, single-user computers dedicated to run the Lisp programming language. The machines became the first commercially available “general-purpose computers” or “workstations” way before those terms were coined.

This company has also developed one of the first environments for software developing in the period between 1980s and 1990s, which was later on sold commercially as Open Genera for Tru64 UNIX on the HP Alpha.

In the late eighties, the company was struggling, and it started its slow descent towards bankruptcy and oblivion because the world was changing out very quickly and a new technology for Lisp implementation was invented. This technology was good enough for most purposes.

Symbolics still exists as a shell of its former self. But now Symbolics.com has become property of a small domain name investment holding that is so embarrassed about its identity that it doesn’t post the names of the people involved with the company, let alone a company address, on its website. There’s absolutely no indication of what the future has in store for the historical domain name.

To quote Samwise Gamgee in Lord Of The Rings: “I don’t know why, but it makes me sad.”

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