April 5, 2016
If you have a few (many) bucks kicking around, you might want to consider bidding on a bit of Internet history - and a pretty good name too.
Quick.com was first registered in 1987, the 85th .COM website address snapped up after domain name registration became publicly available. It was the same year tech giants Apple and Cisco registered their respective addresses; Apple.com and Cisco.com.
Unlike those two names, Quick.com is now up for sale.
Currently, the domain name doesn't resolve to a web site. According to the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine, in 1997 the site promoted software development and related services. In 2003, it was a fresh food home delivery service. The Wayback Machine doesn't have any entries for the domain after 2003.
At the time of writing the highest bid in the auction was USD $80,000, with a buyer's premium of 15%; so USD $92,000. Given the generic nature of the name, the fact it's a .COM, its versatility, length and history; the final bidding price could be substantially higher. There's 14 days left for bidding and the reserve (if any) will be published on the 12th of this month.
In related news, the world's oldest .COM domain name, Symbolics.com, turned 31 years old last month. Symbolics.com was registered on March 15, 1985 by Massachusetts-based Symbolics Computer Corporation. Symbolics.com is now owned by a small investor group in Dallas, Texas.
The number of .COM names have certainly swelled since the 80's and now there are approximately 126,500,000 domains registered under the TLD. Overall, in all TLD's, there are approximately 275 million domains.
Trivia: Quick.com was registered around a year after the .AU country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) was originally allocated by the IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority).
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