If things had gone just a little bit differently — if different people had been in the room, if a conversation had taken a different tangent, if a butterfly had fluttered its wings at just a slightly different rate — you might be reading this story on TheAtlantic.cor.
Yes, dot-cor. As in “corporate.”
In a fantastic piece for the newly dot-com-ified Washington Post, Monica Hesse takes a look at the origins of the top-level domains: .com, .gov and other URL-appendages that have become so familiar as to be almost invisible
It was 28 years ago that the first .com domain was registered — by Symbolics, Inc., a computer manufacturer that had spun off from MIT’s AI Lab. But in those early days of the World Wide Web it seems, nobody was quite sure how far-reaching, and enduring, their decisions would be when it came to the structure that would organize the InternetDot-com — which now appends the names of some 100 million websites — came about, Hesse writes, “almost by happenstance.” Read more…