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.com celebrates 25th birthday

On March 15, 1985, the first .com domain name was registered as It took 10 years before the public became aware of what a domain name was.

Today, there are over 80 million domain names with the system serving as a platform for $400 billion US dollars in econmic activity. The Internet today generates more than $1.5 trillion US dollars per year.

People often question how we found out information before the Internet. Remember when you

  • had to go to the travel agent to make any travel plans
  • selling your old things in the garage was done using a garage sale – not eBay
  • you got the phone book out to call anyone
  • price comparisons were done by visiting a number of shops
  • product reviews were done by asking questions
  • receipe books or pieces of paper were used when making a dinner
  • an overseas phone call was kept short because it was too expensive
  • correspondence between businesses took days – no emails
  • faxes were used all the time for businesses
  • videos were rented from the video store
  • short videos was only seen on the funniest home video show – not youtube

We’ve come a long way in 15 years. What will the next 15 years bring us?

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