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What is going on with the 100 oldest Domains ?

Domainindex.com just completed a research about the oldest 100 domain names. The particular research was mainly about the usage of the names over time, name server and owner changes as well as SEO aspects that can be attributed to the age of these names and the various uses they had over time.
Part of that work was to research the current status of the domains. This part we would like to share with you because it looks quite interesting:

From the 100 names registered between January 1, 1985 and November 30, 1987:
58 are now owned by a different entity from the one that registered it
35 are owned by Fortune 500 companies
7 are owned by pioneers of the web


Of the 100 oldest domains:
12 Do not resolve
4 are Parked
84 are in use


1 was subject to a UDRP (octopus.com)

These companies hold more than one of the oldest 100 domains:
3 Oracle
3 Verizon
2 Northrop Gruman
2 Intel
2 Siemens
2 AMD
2 Raytheon



These domains do not resolve or are not in use
unipress.com
grebyn.com
gmr.com
rdl.com
ub.com
gte.com
mentat.com
tti.com
kai.com
ray.com
kccs.com
nsc.com



These are parked
quad.com
ide.com
prime.com
mcc.com


These Domains look like being owned by domainers
symbolics.com
prime.com
datacube.com
spdcc.com
cayman.com
kccs.com
ide.com
octopus.com
mcc.com
ub.com
kesmai.com


These are active and belong to Fortune 500 companies or large entities
xerox.com
sri.com
data-io.com
hp.com
ibm.com
intel.com
ti.com
att.com
tek.com
fmc.com
ge.com
boeing.com
siemens.com
fluke.com
mentor.com
nec.com
adobe.com
cisco.com
amd.com
philips.com
dupont.com
lockheed.com
ncr.com
alcoa.com
ccur.com
convergent.com
unisys.com
cgi.com
apple.com
slb.com
utc.com
trw.com
gene.com
dsc.com


These domains still belong to pioneers of the WWW, the same people that regstered them
toad.com
cfg.com
tic.com
nma.com
entity.com
vortex.com
itcorp.com



These companies, that used to own the domains are out of business or merged
symbolics.com (symbolics inc.) bankrupted  in 1995
think.com (thinking machines Corporation) bankrupted in 1994, the domain is owned by Oracle and redirects to their thinkquest sites
mcc.com((Microelectronics and Computer Consortium - MCC) dissolved i 2004, the domain is parked
grebyn.com (Grebyn Corporation) not in use anymore, but seems to be owned by the same company that registered it, the domain does not resolve
stargate.com ( online community of the early 1980s) dissolved in 1988, it points to latisys.com
rosetta.com (rosetta consulting) unknown when but went out of business, the domain is used by a new business today
datacube.com (Datacube Inc) went out of business in 2005) the domain now hosts a domain market
ksr.com (Kendall Square Research) KSR went out of business in February 1994, when their stock was delisted from the stock exchange, the domain belongs to a new company today
wlk.com (W.L. Kennedy Jr. & Associates) company cannot be found anymore, domain is owned now by westlake chemicals
kccs.com (KC Computer Sciences) seems to be out of business since the 90ies, domain does not resolve seems to be owned by a domainer
bbn.com BBN technologies was acquired in 2011 by Raytheon and points there
dec.com (Digital Equipment Corporation) aquired by compaq in 1998
northrop.com(Northrop Corporation) aquired grumman in 1994 and reformed under northropgrumman
bellcore.com (Bell Communications Research, Inc. or Bellcore) now belongs to Ericsson
sun.com (Sun Microsystems, Inc) in 2010 taken over by Oracle
ub.com (Ungermann-Bass, also known as UB and UB Networks) aquired in 1988 by Tandem Computers, not in use
bell-atl.com ( Bell Atlantic) merged with GTE in 2000 to form Verizon, the domain does not resolve
isc.com (Interactive Systems Corporation) sold to Eastman Kodak in 1988, the domain is now owned by a new company
nsc.com (National Semiconductor) sold to AMD in 2003, the domain is not in use
pyramid.com (Pyramid Technology Corporation) bought by Siemens in 1995, now it's used by a completely new company
portal.com (portal communications) was aquired by oracle in 2006, the domain forwards to oracle.com
ci.com (Cognition, Inc.) went out of business in the 90ies, the domain was bought by an investment firm
alphadc.com (probably used by Digital Equipment Corporation for the DEC Alpha Chip series) now used by a real estate company
bdm.com (Braddock, Dunn & McDonald) a military contracting company, in 1997 purchased by TRW and in turn aquired 2002 by Northrop Grumman
inmet.com (Intermetrics, Inc.) merged with Whitesmiths Ltd in 1988, after many more mergers its now owned by L-3 Communications
kesmai.com(Kesmai was a pioneering game developer and online game publisher, founded in 1981) aquired in 1994 by Murdochs News corp. and later by EA
3com.com (3Com Corporation ) 2010, Hewlett-Packard completed the acquisition of 3Com.
peregrine.com (Peregrine Systems, Inc) was aquired by HP in 2005, the domain is today used by an investment firm
dg.com (Data General) aquired by EMC in 1999, domain is owned by Dollargeneral.com today
cts.com (Crash TimeSharing) went out of business in the 90ies and the domain is now owned by a new company
ray.com (raytheon corporation) still belongs to raytheon but the domain does not resolve anymore
tandy.com (Tandy Corporation) aquired in 2000 by Radio Shack, domain redirects to Radioshack.com
spdcc.com (S.P. Dyer Computer Consulting), went out of business in the 90ies, today owned by a domainer
prime.com (Prime Computer, Inc) sold to Parametric Technology Corporation,domain  now under under privacy
marble.com  (Marble Associates) went out of business around 2004, the domain i snow used by a marble producing company
vine.com (Vine Technology) sold in 2003 to unisys, the domain is now owned by Quidsi Solutions LLC and is a portal for food
kai.com (Kuck and Associates, Inc.) aquired by Intel in 2000, the domain does not resolve and is owned by Intel
cayman.com 2001, Cayman Systems, Inc. was acquired by Netopia, Inc, today it redirects to offers for travel in the caymans
nynexst.com (NYNEX Corporation ) megred with Bell Atlantic in 1997, now Verizon
octopus.com (octopus enterprises) went out of business in 2005. The Domain was aquired by a domainer in 2006. In a UDRP 2011 the name was almost lost to a travel company but still is owned by the same person that bought it in 2006
tti.com(citigroup TTI) still belongs to citigroup but not used anymore, the domain does not resolve anymore
teltone.com (Teltone corporation ) was aquired by Industrial Defender in 2008, the domain still shows the teltone products
wyse.com (Wyse Technology) Wyse was aquired by Dell in 2012
spectra.com (spectragraphics) went out of business in 1998 and the domain is now used by a new company
allied.com (AlliedSignal)  purchased Honeywell for $15 billion in 1999, and thereafter adopted the Honeywell name and identity, the domain belongs to a new company today
mentat.com (Mentat, Inc.) was acquired by Packeteer, Inc. on December 22, 2004, the domain does not resolve
gte.com (General Telephone & Electronics Corporation) Merged with Bell Antlantic then became part of Verizon, the domain is not used
quick.com (quicksilver engineering) went out of business, the domain is owned by a canadian beverage company today is not in use
sco.com (Santa Cruz Operation) merged with Tarantella Inc. in 2001 and later to UnXis Inc and redirects to xinuos.com
unipress.com (unipress software) unclear status. probably aquired by numarasoftware which now belongs to bmcsoftware
ide.com (Interactive Development Environments) stoped being operational in the late 90ies, domain now owned probably by a domainer
parcplace.com, the company was merged into several new companies and the domain is now owned bw cincomsmalltalk.com and redirects there
rdl.com (Research & Development Laboratories) the company is not active but whois still shows the same owner
sq.com (SoftQuad) in 2001 Corel bought most assets, in 2004 Just Systems bought the remaining assets. The domain now belongs to singaporeair.com
quad.com (Quadratron Systems Inc.) went out of business early 2000, the Domain owned by a domainer and parked
gmr.com(General Motors Research Laboratories) domain not in use anymore
rosemount.com(Rosemount Inc)  a subsidiary of Emerson Electric Company, the domain forwards to emerson.com
amdahl.com (now owned by Fujitsu) the domain redirects to Fujitsu.com
das.com(earlier DA Systems Inc.) since 2000 the domain is owned by the German DAS insurance Group
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