On March 15, 1985, Symbolics.com was registered as the first domain name, and the rest, as they say, was history.

VeriSign, the first company to watch over domain names, has launched a site aptly named 25YearsOf.com to celebrate this historic event.  It is doubtful that at any other time in history have three letters and a punctuation mark had such a profound effect on the world.

As part of the year-long celebration, ‘the “.com 25″‘ are currently being selected to be honored at a gala in May in San Francisco.  While the final 25 are being selected by a panel of judges, the current potential list of honorees is up on the site for you to show your support.  These are supposed to be the 25 people and sites that have shaped the Internet as we know it today, and while some of them make a lot of sense (say what you will about Steve Case of AOL, if not for his site, it is doubtful as many people would have learned about the Internet as early as they did without him), others are a bit off-the-wall (eHarmony … really?).  So make sure to stop by and vote for those you would like to see included.

It’s hard to imagine the world without .coms in it, let alone the Internet.  So, happy birthday to the domain name extension that started it all!

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