Historical Site

Have you ever heard of symbolics.com? I hadn’t either. But this humble domain has an important distinction: it was the first .com name ever registered.

If you’re curious, you can find a list of the first 100 here.


  1. eugene says

    Symbolics was very famous in 80s for people who tried to make a computer purely written in LISP. I remember I can only saw one of them in my college’s computer science department’s AI lab in late 80’s. After I learn their fate in 90s, that was the first lesson in my life about this business — Cool technology doesn’t mean money making.

    Well, I refreshed the lesson last year :-)

    Posted December 11, 2007 at 1:09 am | Permalink
  2. Malcolm says

    Ah yes, Eugene, you and I did indeed have some recent first-person evidence of the principle you mention.

    Posted December 11, 2007 at 11:13 am | Permalink
  3. the one eyed man says

    I have a friend who owns the url googol.com, which of course is the correct spelling. When the Google people tried to get the rights to the url, they pissed him off, and he told them the same thing Dick Cheney said on the Senate floor to Pat Leahy. Google had no choice but to start their business with a misspelled name.

    Posted December 11, 2007 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

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