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August 10, 2003

Not the Oldest Domains

Do you remember this game where you wishper something in someones ear and this message has to go through the whole group and when it returns to you it is likely to be something very different. The same yesterday at Lockergnome:

From TinyApps comes a link to the 100 oldest currently extant domain names. The oldest 15:

03/15/1985 SYMBOLICS.COM
04/24/1985 BBN.COM
05/24/1985 THINK.COM
07/11/1985 MCC.COM
09/30/1985 DEC.COM
[via Lockergnome's Bits and Bytes]

This list is not the 100 oldest domain names. On this list are the 100 oldest .COM domain names. If you would look at the .EDU domain names you would easily find domains names older than many of the .com names:

04/24/85 UCLA.EDU
05/23/85 MIT.EDU
07/05/85 CMU.EDU
07/15/85 CORNELL.EDU

And I am certain that we will find equally old names in .mil and .org

Posted by Werner Vogels at August 10, 2003 12:17 PM