Ten Little-Known Facts about Domain Names

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A domain name is that particular string of identity on the internet which defines a realm of administrative autonomy, authority or control. To be considered a domain name, a name should be based up on rules and procedures of the Domain Name System. Generally, these names identify internet resources such as networks, computers and services. They have easily memorable text–based identities that differentiate them from each other.


Sometimes, the internet has all the information one might be looking for. However, we really can tell how that information gets on the internet with the growing numbers of domains on a daily basis. There are many facts that will surprise you about the domain names. Some of these facts include:

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  1. The first registered .COM domain name was symbolics.com

The first officially registered domain name was the Symbolics.com on March 15, 1985. This domain name was purchased by theSymbolics Computer Corporation; the corporation used this domain for their pioneering computer development company. It was then made public on the homepage for everyone to use it.

  1. Most domains can only be 63 characters long

As said earlier, for any name to be a domain name it should adhere to rules and procedures set by the governing bodies. The TLDs requires domain names to have less than 63 characters. With these characters limit, still creative domain names have been established, like one of the Welsh villages’ domain name http://www.llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyll-llantysiliogogogoch.com/

  1. You can still get a Soviet Union domain

Many domain names still are coming up with the .su Domain names. However, such names wouldn’t be found on the map unless they were printed before 1991. The interesting fact is that, despite the dismantlement of the Soviet Union, the .su domain registration is still ongoing.

  1. Youtube.com was a Valentine’s Day baby

YouTube owned by Universal Tube and Rollform Equipment Company, was officially registered as a domain on a valentine’s day, February 14,2005. This day saw a lot of confusion in this company when their domain, Utube.com caused the company’s serves to crash with overwhelmed traffic.

  1. The world’s longest domain name

According to the rules and procedures set by the TLDs, a domain name is required to have less than 63 characters with exclusions of domain suffixes and sub-domains. The world longest domain name has attracted many claimants and contenders. However, the Guinness Book of Records, records the domain shown below as the longest ever:


The fascinating fact is that this is actually a real name. It’s a name of a Welsh village. Also other domains have been known to be long, like:


6.The most expensive domain was sold for $35 million

Brain Sharples was recorded to have bought the most expensive domain. He bought the VacationRentals.com for $35 million in 2007. This domain was to be used for online vacation rental business. Brain verified this deal claiming that he bought this domain at that price so that Expedia could not have that URL.

  1. The world’s shortest domain name

The http://www.g.cn/ is the world’s shortest domain name. Google is braced worldwide for being among the core drivers in Internet growth. This domain was purchased by Google to assist Chinese users when searching for Google with optimum ease.

  1. Google.com was supposed to be Googol.com

Sean Anderson and Larry Page founded Google. Initially, it was to be called Googol the term to represent number value 1 followed by 100 zeros. However, Larry and Sean made minor errors when they wanted to approve this domain’s availability. It was never found. Google.com was registered instead.

  1. All three-character domains are taken

The three-character domains are over 50,000. However, all of these characters have been taken. Such domains are easy to remember, like hot.com. By 1997,all these three-character domains had been registered. Examples include .biz, .info, org, .net among many others.

  1. One time, a person registered nearly 15,000 domains in a day

Mike Mann is believed to have tried owning the world. He purchased 14,962 domains within 24 hours. When asked about this investment, he joked saying he just wanted to own the world.


In conclusion, there are many facts about domain names that are really interesting. Facts like the longest domain main being a village name, most expensive domain name and the number of domain names registered in a day among many other facts.


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