‘Dot Com’ turns 30
Thirty years ago this innovation was used for the first time and everything changed.
If it wasn't for .com, you wouldn't be reading this story on NJ1015.com.
Symbolics, a now defunct Massachusetts computer company registered the first .com domain on March 15, 1985. Symbolics originated the concept of computer workstations. They even got a mention in the movie "Jurassic Park".
The .com idea didn't exactly takeoff quickly. During the first two years only 100 domains were established. Today, there's a dot com registered every second.
Today, nearly three billion people are online around the world. Domains generate more than 300 billion dollars a year in U.S. e-commerce. Worldwide internet transactions total more than 1.3 trillion dollars.
Thirty years, three billion people, $1.3 trillion and it's almost all because of three little words.
In addition to .com we have .net, .gov, and .edu. According to GoDaddy.com, in the not too distant future, over a thousand new domains will be rolling out including .food, .video, .goo, .rocks and many more.
So little did they know in 1985, .com would give a whole new meaning to the phrase "surf's up".