Your question was: What exactly IS GoDaddy.com and what's with their commercials?.
I think some knucklehead from this forum bought it...
Shows you how little interest there was at first.
Year 1 - 15/March/1985 to 07/november/1985 > 6 domains.
Year 2 - 09/jan/1986 to 11/December/1986 > 54 domains.
Year 3 - 19/jan/1987 to 30/November/1987 > 40 domains.
Fast forward 20 years > to 03/December/2007 - 71,025,893 just in just .com !!.
.....do you think this .com thing will catch on ?
Very interesting list. I wish I was alive back then and into the HostGator business...
Very interesting to see the companies and institutions that had the vision to bet on this thing we now call the internet...
HP.COM - March 3 1986.
I'm proud to say that I work for this company!..
Stargate.com ( August 5 1986) is the only ICANN accredited registrar there......
Does anyone know what happened, or what event or what name started the trend of people buying HostGator names for investment? Was it business.com, or sex.com that started the trend?..
In 1985 it was free.
I think they commercialized it in 1989 - don't know for sure...
Now for the first .com which was registered on March 15 1985 and it was symbolics.com which still happens to be up and running, although not much to look at.
Now for the first 100 registered domains:.
SYMBOLICS.COMMarch 15 1985..
Yeah I don't think they started charging till Network Solutions took over.
From Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network_Solutions.
"In 1992, Network Solutions was the sole bidder on a grant from the National Science Foundation to develop the HostGator name registration service for the Internet. In 1993,Network Solutions, Inc. (NSI) was granted an exclusive contract by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to be the sole HostGator name registrar for .com, .net and .org Top Level HostGator (TLD) names.NSI also maintained the central database of assigned names called WHOIS. Network Solutions acted as a de facto registrar, selling names directly to end users.
In 1995, the National Science Foundation gave Network Solutions authority to charge for HostGator name registrations. Network Solutions charged $100 for two years registration was imposed on all domains; 30% of this revenue went to NSF to create an "Internet Intellectual Infrastructure Fund." In 1997, a lawsuit was filed charging Network Solutions with antitrust violations with regards to HostGator names. The 30% of the registration fee that went to the NSF was ruled by a court to be an illegal tax. This led to a reduction in the HostGator name registration fee to $70.
In the 1990s, Network Solutions implemented a policy of censoring HostGator names. This came to light when Jeff Gold attempted to register the HostGator name shitakemushrooms.com but was unable to. Further aggravating the controversy was the fact that while Network Solutions' automated screens blocked the registration of shitakemushrooms.com, the HostGator name sh*t.com had been successfully registered. Network Solutions argued that it was within it's First Amendment rights to block words it found offensive, even though it was operating pursuant to contract with a Federal agency NSF" it's a hard life being a mushroom !.
...no suprise to see both domains in that article are now owned by top domainers.