Symbolics.com is owned by a small investor group in Irvine, CA.
Each year several hundred thousand people visit this piece of Internet history. Any business proposals should be sent to us through our Contact page.
— Symbolics.com History —
Let me tell you a bit about the Symbolics Computer Corporation. These are the people who registered the name in 1985, and they were a company way ahead of its time.
The original Symbolics company pioneered computer development. Symbolics designed and manufactured a line of Lisp machines, single-user computers optimized to run the Lisp programming language. The Lisp Machine was the first commercially available "workstation" (although that word had not yet been coined). Symbolics also made significant advances in software technology, and offered one of the premier software development environments of the 1980s and 1990s. **
Today, Symbolics.com remains the first, and oldest, registered domain name out of over 340 million domain names in existence. Of these 340 million domain names, approximately 140 million are of the .com extension. VeriSign reports that between 25 million and 30 million new domains are registered each year. There is a 72% – 75% renewal rate among .com domains – so approximately 3/4 of new registrations are renewed the following year. VeriSign reports that 87% of .com domains resolve to an active website (13% are inactive).
We are excited (and honored) to hold the first .com ever registered. Since domain names are a portion of our business, we are happy to be the owner of this fantastic piece of Internet history.
** Wikipedia Article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symbolics
Note: Once domain registration was open to the world, Symbolics.com was the first domain name registered. Thus, Symbolics.com is the oldest registered (and first registered) domain name on the Internet. Additionally, it is the first and oldest .com domain in existence.