My site in 2003. Technically, it was my site in 2012 too, before I finally rebuilt it last fall.
I recently encountered an article written by someone who claimed that knowing if someone’s an Internet expert could be vetted by how old the domains they own or have built are. If someone’s really a master, they would likely have been working online for a very long time, and have at least a couple of domain names to prove it.
Now, my own vanity domain name, joshoconnell.com, is a relative newcomer, having been registered in 2009 (along with its twin, joshuaoconnell.com, and it feels like I registered them a lot more recently than 2009, but that’s fine). A little deeper, in-pursuit.com was registered in 2003, and hasn’t been updated since 2007, but is still at least up. But the .net variant was registered way back in 1999 – now we’re getting somewhere!
The main domain for this site, for now anyway, remains my oldest domain, jjowebpages.com, which was acquired a couple of months earlier in 1999. So I’ve got two that predate the new millenium. And I have two other domains I’ve owned for a decade now, and planned on developing, but never did. (The idea is still pretty good, although I doubt I’d make much from them – it’s no more revenue generating than Texts from Last Night.)
So by his measure, I have a better argument than many to being an Internet expert – I can pretty well establish that I was beyond Geocities and onto purchasing my own domains a long time ago, even though I, like many early Internet users, got my start there.
Does that automatically make one an expert? Of course not, but for those like myself that’s been working on projects in this field for as long as we have, it certainly can help reinforce the level of knowledge.