25 Years Ago At CERN A Virtual Book Was Created

Happy Birthday to you .COM!

On March 25th 1985 the first domain name was registered and the rest is “history”.com.

Do you know what the first “.com” was? Neither did I. Below is a list of the first 10 registrations that would create a brave new world. The first domain name purchase was www.Symbolics.com, a Massachusetts based company that manufactured computers. The company has since gone out of business, but is still owned by the same financial group, which now owns the site and runs the site as an investor website.

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 And as for the first web page? The first web page was created in a laboratory, called CERN, by a man named Tim Berners-Lee. In 1989 he was working as a computer scientist and realized that files he and other scientists worked on, did not work on all computer platforms. So he created a common platform – “a virtual book.” This side project soon became known as the Web. “That sort of abstract space that makes the whole world look like one great big book — that is the World Wide Web,” Berners-Lee says. It was the beginning of the Web we all use today.

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Below is the first web page they developed. In all its HTML glory. A simpler time. We’ve come a long way, but I think the Internet of things is more complicated. At the end of the day, it’s all good. The tech world has been good for the USA and the world.

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The First Website built at CERN. Run on a NExT server.

A Tim Berners-Lee short on “The Internet”

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