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snopes 22 March 2013 04:11 AM

Oldest registered domain name
Comment: Every few years the media runs stories about "the oldest domain
name on the Internet". It appears that this is in response to being
contacted by the owners of They appears to promote
themselves to journalists and bloggers as the oldest domain name.

For example:

Yesterday I contacted the journalist at the Daily Dot, about his article
and he updated the copy. The oldest domain name is in fact You
can see the post on our blog about it here:

It would be good for you guys to do a post about this, as it might help
journalists get their facts right.

ganzfeld 22 March 2013 06:59 AM

It seems to me the confusion is simply over what is the oldest commercial domain name. was, according to many reliable sources, the first .com domain name, not the first domain name registered. (As for the first domain name registered, I don't know that the one listed is correct. Perhaps it comes down to what is meant by "registered" since testing of DNS went on for over a year and a half before, for example, the name mentioned was registered.)

JoeBentley 25 March 2013 12:07 AM

Ganz is correct.

URLs were first used in early 1983 on Arpanet when the Domain Name System was first established by GADS taskforce. Commercial URLs was not issued by ICAAN until 1985, with being the first commercially registered domain name.

ganzfeld 25 March 2013 01:28 AM

It's also worth mentioning that even though the .com TLD was opened back then, commercial use was very restricted until 1991 when it was permitted on a limited basis and finally 1995 when commercial restrictions were removed. By that time, Symbolics (with an s by the way) had already gone belly up. They did manage to hold on to their domain name until 2009.

Acrania 10 January 2017 12:36 AM

...and my domain was only one year :rolleyes:

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