(David McGuire) When the first few .com addresses were registered in 1985, you could have kept track of where they were based with a handful of pushpins and a paper wall map. Twenty-five years - and tens of millions of registrations - later, we need a little more technological oomph to demonstrate the massive saturation of .com Web sites throughout the nation.
This map depicts the distribution of .com Web sites throughout the lower 48 states, as determined by the contact information listed on those sites. Predictably enough, Silicon Valley and the Eastern Seaboard glow brilliant orange with the sheer density of Web sites, while bright orange slashes from Utah to Georgia demonstrate the ubiquity of .com businesses. Indeed, with .com businesses registered in every ZIP code, the entire nation bears an aura of activity.
Tonight in San Francisco, VeriSign, the company that operates .com, will continue its yearlong celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the first .com address with a gala event at City Hall. The map above reminds us exactly what we're celebrating.