When the first pilgrims arrived at Internet back in 1984, there was no real understanding of the place. For too long it was a closed and well guarded secret, know only to a few insiders, who in most cases, did not even know each other. Secrecy was of the highest priority.

Once Internet opened up for exploration a few of the smartest souls immediately saw huge profit potential and set out to study the possibilities of Internet, thinking about what could become of such uncharted territory and how one might prosper from it.

While most of their compatriots were busy looking at the content displayed on their newly acquired hardware, some of the more savvy fellows decided it was time to communicate with the other few netizen now being on line and so they decided to commence something useful.

Having considered several options for barter and trade they sought a common identity a 'com', short  for commerce, was a good beginning and since it needed to really make a point in this new place called Internet  they called it dot (for point) and it became .com.

Soon after this quick start and agreement of a dotcom extension, people wanted to claim their own dotcom domain; their proper name with a Dotcom extension.

So they started to look for a common denominator and since they wanted future generation to know where they belong to they decided to name all Internet property

So it was agreed on, to assign all names, sites, addresses and services as dotcom entities.   

And what a harmonious world it became. While some people were happy in their own little dotcom trading post some other bought whole blocks and thought of themselves as king dot com, squatting up every dotcom they could find in Internet.

As was predictable, soon there were no more dotcoms available in Internet. Downbload, one of the very  first Internet arrival matriarch had build up properties all along the main artery leading out to White Claims and now, either offered sections of his vast real estate domain  at inflated prices or refused to sell all together.

Now the citizens of Internet realized that expansion and growth was in danger of being halted and knew they needed a safety net to stop this sort of thing to happen.

Having been forced to continue on their ever expansion way over and above the original settlement the logical choice was a substitute for dotcom and wasn’t very long before a safety net seemed to be a good alternative to dotcom and so dotnet was born.

Dotnet made it possible to acquire more domains and names. Trading post dotcom was one of the first to open a second trading post, this time as dotnet, and only two blocks away from his original dotcom location. Trading post was close to having a monopoly in selling goods would it not have been for all the options for dotnet offered other pioneers and explorers.

Dotcom though covered prime locations. Since dotcom was first, the entire section of Broad Trail from Balling Wall to Fines Square was taken by dotcom shops, stores, inns and taverns, every one of them had a  dotcom logo.

Pretty soon, anyone who wanted to open a dotcom anything on BroadTrail had to buy the dotcom from Downbload who of course only let some of his property go if the price was right.

But there were also some Good Samaritan in Internet, people who saw the need to get organized in this ever growing expansion, they possessed the foresight to envision there needed to be one or more organizations who would take care of the old and sick and educate children and adults as well.

 Many of the earliest organization and volunteers of those days, who created dotorg, were founded by organization who survived to this day as charities, hospital and institution of education.

By now Internet had spread across all regions of the newly discovered Internet. As news about this new media became manifested in more and faster access, the need and demand for reliable information could not be overheard.

Everyone wanted to know what happened on BroadTrail and what had became of their first experiences in the early days of Internet.  Information became necessary and soon after New Fork Wibes, BNN and German WILD initiated dotinfo pages.

Meanwhile further up on Forktown an ever increasing constituency of loyal German s decided, since they were a bit different in origin, customs, food and drink to be recognized as their own entity and along their main street running East to West from Beast to the Yatzen River everything from Peer House, Zchwitzel huette  to the Klonditory all became dotde sites.

The same happened with the French who originally wanted to be known as doteeuhh…, but opted for dotfr and thus become mainly known as dotfr gastronomy. 

In no time at all, or so it seemed, from this once slow  place called Internet, known to a selected few, we now had a worldwide Internet inventory of names, estates, domains and conglomerates to dots, neatly organized and searchable thanks  to the almighty dotcom Zuugel.

While Zuugel at first help organizing zillions of properties it slowly started to dictate owners of domains names and websites how to run their business. Now it was mandatory to do things in a certain way, (their way) or ones website would became more or less irrelevant and mostly invisible to the world.

While many of the original Internet pilgrims might not be around for much longer any more, the new generation now has the arduous task to work their way through another kind of difficulties, started by the issuer and overseer of dots called NAACI

For those old enough to remember you might recall that dotcom was very well managed by NAACI, before the powers that were relinquished this oversight, left it to its own demise and thus all hell broke loose.

Hundreds upon hundreds of anything-goes dots are released at an amazing speed and more will follow. Trading Post and other entrepreneurs are currently drown in dozens of new dotwaste and extensions and they and other companies are forced to protect their trades with huge investments.

Downbload sits back, laughs at everybody and reiterates that we all have come to late to the table and subsequently reduced his activity to writing ridiculing blogs from his ocean mansion down South.

Seizing the moment, registrars like ToPappy pushing sales of useless dotanything domain extensions and spend tons of money producing eyebrow raising half time and other TV ads about his service.

The original dotcoms scrambled to preserve their trades and their coms by spending unbelievable amounts of money for totally unneeded extensions, like dottel, dot travel and ad infinitum.

What once was a very good organized overseeable organization and administration of Internet domains and controlled cyberspace real estate operations with a relative smooth beginning now is become a confusing mess.

When the dust settles we will see that not all that shines is gold.

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