In 1997 there was a website launched on the domain, looking like this:
The site owner, Tony Sanders, who had a company, Berkeley Software Design, Inc. a tech guy interested in aviation; beer (esp dark ale); cats; caving; climbing.
This is how he described his use of Earth.com:
Earth.com is my personal domain. It is hosted out of Colorado Springs, CO although I do not live in the Springs anymore. I use it for an email address and running mailing lists and various web sites that I have a personal interest in. Stuff doesn’t get updated here as often as I would like but real work comes first… earth.com is NOT an ISP; contrary to a lot of mail I get from people insisting otherwise.
The site didn’t change much over the years until it seems to have dropped at the end of 2004.
The first recorded sale of the name was in 2005 when it sold for US$ 800,000. As DN Journal covered back then:
“Earth.com and Sharks.com were purchased by the same buyer in a pair of private transactions involving two different sellers. InnovationHQ Inc., in conjunction with DnStrategy.com and Logicbank LLC made the blockbuster acquisitions. Cameron Johnson of InnovationHQ.com and DnStrategy.com, who acquired the domains in tandem with Seraphim Marcopoulos of Logicbank LLC, said “We’re thrilled to grab these two terrific premium names! The road to actually landing these domains was filled with high stakes drama, and Seraphim was instrumental in helping us secure them. “
After that Earth.com was listed for sale on Sedo.
In 2010 the design was changed to a blog about Earth Day and related news.
The social media accounts for Twitter and Facebook with the handles @earthdotcom for Twitter and @earth.com for Facebook were created.
Up until August 2016, the whois details for the domain pointed to innovationhq.com so we can safely assume they continued to own the name until then.
In 2016 the domain name seems to have changed hands and the Earth.com that we know now was launched.
From their About section:
“As a caring citizen of our planet, you may have found yourself wishing for THE website that aggregates everything you need to know about this big blue ball. At Earth.com, our goal is to provide the internet with a homepage for anything and everything you need to know about our planet. Founded in 2016, Earth.com delivers both curated and unique breaking news, with a focus on nature, science, and the environment. We are committed to providing stimulating original content as well as focused on current updates from the most reliable news outlets around the globe.”
In parallel PlantSnap app was launched on PlantSnap.net and their Kickstart campaign too. The project raised $28,733 with crowdfunding. Today they operate on PlantSnap.com, the founder of both Earth.com and PlantSnap is Eric Ralls.
Today Earth.com is a place where you can discover everything about nature, science, and life. There are plenty of free resources, fun quizzes, news, information about endangered animals and plants as well as ways you can get involved if you wish to help. There is a shop linking to Eartheasy.com, a family business with the mission to help people improve their quality of life by offering information and products for sustainable living.
Today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and more than ever we are reminded that we are all so connected and so dependent on nature. NASA has prepared a whole bunch of activities and materials to celebrate the day at home, you can check them out here.
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