Dot-com Could've Been Dot-Cor But For the Whims of Scientists

By Gary Cutlack on at

The most common domain name on the internet today could've been a little different, with dot-cor -- short for corporate -- the early choice for representing businesses online instead of the now-famous dot-com.

According to scientist Craig Partridge, a group of 30 or 40 computer researchers were left in charge of making the internet naming decisions, which were carried out rather informally through memos and just-so-happening to bump into each other in corridors.

Partridge can't remember how or why dot-cor was eventually scrapped, but in the mid-1980s, in a meeting of around 10 hardcore tech enthusiasts who had inherited the power to make these sort of decisions, .com for commercial won out over .cor for corporate, and the likes of dot-edu, dot-net and dot-org were also enshrined in internet lore for all time. [The Atlantic]

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