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Have you ever seriously pondered “Just what is a dot com?” What does it mean – what is its significance – why do people reference it over dot net, dot org or any other TLD?

Just like the early days of toll free calling – 800 numbers were the only option available to the consumer for a toll free line. Then, in the 90s the phone companies realized “Hey! We can make more money if we offer more options for toll free service” and the 866 – 888 – 877… craze began. Back in those days, there was still reluctance to break free but nowadays it is just as common for someone to easily accept an 888 as it is an 800 number.

Same holds true with the dot coms and the comfortable position they have held for all these years. Still – you have to wonder just what is a “dot com”?

I did some research and came up with this from PC.Net “… “.com” is the most common and most recognized domain suffix. It stands for “commercial”…” which seems logical on the surface. Hewlett Packard is most certainly a commercial business, same for Amazon, WalMart, and General Motors. But Jane’s kitchen or Bill’s hunting blog or even Wooden Railways is not a “commercial” site by any stretch of the imagination. Yet, all of these sites are dot coms as well.

Since the dot com designator is clearly not for just commercial it led me to consider other things that it may or may not represent. Below are some observations and possibilities from my vantage point.

.COM merce –  It could be for trade? Possibly…

.COM mitment – People tenaciously cling to the notion that they have to have a .com or they will cease to exist

.COM ical – The amount of time wasted on chasing the elusive combination of words and a .com

.COM prehensive – You have to admit that .coms are pretty much everywhere and cover everything. Leading no one to truly know what the site is about.

.COM munity – This is an interesting one but would probably be better served by a .org

Here is what I actually believe it means. Based on the hyperbole that is built up around these TLDs I can only be led to believe it stands for

.COM munism –  Of all the possible explanations of what .com could mean – this one seems the most appropriate. ( I can almost hear the Kremlin .COMmanding “You veel hav a Daht Kahm YOO AR EL!” )


And with that, we toss out the most American thing we possess – freedom of choice with tons of options.

You do not have to settle for the .COMmunist option. Be bold, frugal, and clever. There ARE other options and you CAN gain freedom from your dependence.