TIL: The first ever .com domain

Today I learned that the first .com internet domain registered on the internet was https://symbolics.com and belonged to Symbolics, a company that made Lisp machines.

It doesn’t relate to Lisp any more, of course. It’s been sold to someone who “helps entrepreneurs and investors acquire high-end domain names”, which seems about as meta as things can get: the first-ever .com domain name now points a company focused on acquiring domain names.

Symbolics itself has a storied history, spinning-out from the MIT AI lab to sell hardware dedicated to running Lisp: one of two such start-ups actually. The Wikipedia page is a good place to start.

Incidentally, the rest of the top-ten first .com domains can be found here.