The 7 oldest (still working) .COM sites we could find
At first glance, Interrupt technology the domain name symbolics.com might not seem that remarkable. It was previously owned by a now-defunct computer maker of the same name in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has since been acquired by a small investor group in Dallas, Texas. However, what is remarkable about the domain is its age. It was registered on March 15, 1985 and was the first ever .com domain to be registered.
Although symbolics.com still exists, the site has changed quite a bit since it first launched and changed hands. This got us wondering how many other really old .com sites are still out there that haven’t been updated over the years? After much research and a nostalgic overdose, we found seven that seem to have remained unchanged since the advent of pagers and Palm Pilots. Enjoy!
Interrupt Technology Corporation
- Domain Name: itcorp.com
- Registered: September 18, 1986
Interrupt Technology Corporation’s website may win the award for the simplest website on the Internet. That’s because they still haven’t bought into all this “web” hype. As they say on their site: “This website exists primarily to meet the needs of those who expect every domain to have a web presence.”
- Domain Name: vortex.com
- Registered: October 27, 1986
Vortex technology was created by Lauren Weinstein, co-founder of People for Internet Responsibility, Network Neutrality Squad, and founder of the PRIVACY Forum. In line with these initiatives, vortex.com is a collection of information to help you become a better internet citizen… and see the current L.A. weather.
Texas Internet Consulting
- Domain Name: tic.com
- Registered: April 23, 1987
Texas Internet Consulting is a simple website for a consulting firm providing assistance with network and systems architecture and design. As far as we can tell, the business is a one-person operation run by Smoot Carl-Mitchell. He started working at TIC in 1987 for 11 years before leaving to work in various other roles, before briefly returning to TIC for one year in March 2004. LinkedIn states that Carl-Mitchell is currently with Court Business Services, but maybe if you ask very nicely it will help you with TCP/IP network design?
Hall of Toads
- Domain Name: toad.com
- Registered: August 18, 1987
Toad Hall – possibly named after the residence of Mr. Toad from The Wind in the Willows – is a collection of references relating to John Gilmore, one of the founders of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. If you want to join the fight against unjust laws and regulations (or their abuse), then Gilmore’s simple home page for toad.com is the perfect starting point.
Caine, Farber & Gordon, Inc.
- Domain Name: cfg.com
- Registered: November 2, 1987
If you think the launch of the Caine, Farber & Gordon website in 1987 is impressive, consider that they had already been in business for 17 years at that point! Founded in 1970 by Steve Cain, Dave Farber, and Kent Gordon, CFG is a software and systems company best known for the PDL/81 Program Design Language Processor, which, don’t worry, is Y2K compliant, according to their website.
- Domain Name: purple.com
- Registered: August 31, 1994
Purple.com is probably the first known website to serve as a single website. The screenshot says it all.
Milk Communications Co-Op
- Domain name: milk.com
- Registered: July 18, 1994
Milk.com was created by Daniel Bornstein in 1994 because ‘why not?’ As Bornstein describes it in the Not for Sale section, “unless you’re offering $10 million, I’m not interested.” The site is a great example of being on the right track at the right time. right place and buy a great domain name when it is available. As Bornstein declares at the bottom of the site, “I have milk.com!”
Do you know of any other old .com sites? Let us know in the comments!
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