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Do You Know the First Domain Names of These Top Sites?

Labeled as information in Domain Industry News started by Macit, Apr 8, 2019.

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  1. Macit

    Macit Founder of dofo.com Gold Account

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    Every entrepreneur likes to start with a generic and .com extension domain, but it is not always possible. That is why entrepreneurs are forced to expand the domain that they want with various extensions, perform domain hacking or choose a domain with an extension other than com.

    You may think that mainly because domains with .com extensions are running out this is only true for new companies, but you are wrong. Major technology companies whose domains we know by heart today were also using different domains when they were first started-up. Such that, there are companies that were established 10-20 years ago and had changed their first domains because they were not “generic”. Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are only some of the examples that can be given on this matter. Not to mention that it is not easy to undergo such a change; especially your brand strength and revenue have to be over a certain level. We are sharing with you ten different domain change stories below and expect your comments.

    Instagram
    Photo sharing app Instagram that was bought in 2012 by Facebook, served without a web interface for a long time but of course, it had a website. The venture that uses instagram.com today, was first using instagr.am domain. Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger who opened Instagram’s initial website using Armenia’s country code extension in October 2010, first passed on to a .com domain by obtaining instagram.com, and in the following years, they acquired tens of other domains related to Instagram by opening various trademark infringement cases.


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  2. owntype

    owntype Top Member PRO VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    By searching via DOFO.COM, I noticed a lot of .fi domain names are created much earlier than the same word in .com, many .fi were registered in 1991

    I don't know if this is for real or it might be a system setting.

    e.g.

    100gen.fi
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    domain.............: 100gen.fi
    status.............: Registered
    created............: 1.1.1991 00:00:00
    expires............: 31.8.2019 00:00:00
    available..........: 30.9.2019 00:00:00
    modified...........: 27.8.2018
    RegistryLock.......: no
     
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  3. Macit

    Macit Founder of dofo.com Gold Account

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    Thanks for your message.

    Some registries put a default registration time to their domain names so this is because of their decision. For example, for .za the registry says that:
    All existing domain names within the Org.za and Net.za SLDs will be associated with a default, limited functionality, EPP registrar established by the ZACR3. Domain names that are in the default registrar have limited functionality, meaning, no updates and deletes of existing entries will be possible.

    Lots of .za domain names seem registered in 1970 although they weren't. See this: https://www.zadna.org.za/uploads/files/ORG_ZA_and_NET_ZA_RE_Launch.pdf

    Thanks.
     
  4. owntype

    owntype Top Member PRO VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    That makes sense.

    But don't know how the registry made the settings

    There are 1991 registered names as well

    domain.............: weather.fi
    status.............: Registered
    created............: 1.1.1991 00:00:00
    expires............: 31.8.2022 00:00:00
    available..........: 30.9.2022 00:00:00
    modified...........: 3.10.2018
    RegistryLock.......: no
     
  5. Macit

    Macit Founder of dofo.com Gold Account

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    It seems; FICORA (the registry) just put 01.01.1991 as the default registration date for the domain names that were registered before the automated Domain Name Service implemented.

    There seems more than 2 thousand .fi domain names registered on 01.01.1991: https://dofo.com/search/?extension=fi&cdate_max=19910102&page_s=100
     
  6. Nishant singh

    Nishant singh New Member

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    yes, these are the top sites
    Instagram
    facebook
    paypal
    google
    twitter
    etc...
     
  7. briguy

    briguy Guru In Remission! VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Since I watched the FB movie, I knew that one for sure!

    Instagram was an interesting story
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    October 2010, first passed on to a .com domain by obtaining instagram.com, and in the following years they acquired tens of other domains related to Instagram by opening various trademark infringement cases."
    Quite the legal manuevering to acquire and protect their brand!
     

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