Jeffrey is the Co-Founder of Saw.com, focusing on domain sales and acquisitions. Visit Saw.com if you want to purchase a domain.
I love the internet. I love domain names, and I also love history. Being at the age I am, I had the opportunity to see the internet start as the wild west when it was thousands of message boards, chatrooms and loads of pirated music. The good old days were back when one of the most well-known taglines was “You’ve got mail,” Netscape was your browser, Clippy was crashing computers everywhere, Napster/Limewire was pumping music through Winamp, and Minesweeper was the staple game on every Windows Operating system.
This was a place where large corporations didn’t know what to do about the internet or perhaps even attempt to understand it. Some of these companies saw the internet as a fad and did not capitalize on the opportunity that many of the established internet brands did that lead the market today. Like me, the internet has grown up, and it is a totally different place than it was more than 25 years ago when many of us think it started.
It didn’t start in the mid to late ’90s or early 2000s. It happened even earlier — much earlier. Try more than 15 years earlier. On March 15, 1985, the first domain ever was registered: Symbolics.com. If you go to the domain today, the owners of it have turned it into an online museum of the internet focusing on the innovation, technology and science that got us where we are today.
The next nine domains took just under a year to get registered:
1. April 14, 1985: BBN.com
2. May 24, 1985: Think.com
3. July 11, 1985: MCC.com
4. Sept. 30, 1985: DEC.com
5. Nov. 7, 1985: Northrop.com
Joe Biden’s “will you shut up, man?” line from the first presidential debate on Tuesday night could prove very profitable, with someone trying to earn $175,000 by selling the standout quote as a domain.
Biden’s retort came as he became agitated by President Donald Trump’s interruptions. While discussing the Supreme Court, Biden was struggling to be heard over Trump’s interruptions. Biden snapped and told Trump “will you shut up, man?”, before calling his Republican rival a clown.
The “shut up” remark was popular with supporters of Biden and critics of Trump, with some viewers frustrated at the disordered nature of the debate which led moderator Chris Wallace to face heavy criticism for struggling to keep the debate on track.
Aside from sparking fresh meme content for use for the rest of the campaign, the Biden team was quick to capitalize on the success of the line, creating and selling t-shirts for $30 within hours of the debate ending. The black t-shirt features an image of Trump with the quote layered on top and the Biden Harris logo beneath.
However, the Biden team are not the only ones hoping to profit off the quote. The Biden-inspired domain name willyoushutupman.com is for sale with the current asking price of $175,000 or $14,583 a month.
The domain is being sold by a private seller, who describes the domain name as “the catchphrase that will be remembered for years” on Dan.com. A spokesperson from Dan.com told Newsweek that