By Deane Barker on October 16, 2003

Example Web Page: Did anyone else know about this?

“You have reached this web page by typing ‘example.com’, ‘example.net’, or ‘example.org’ into your web browser.

These domain names are reserved for use in documentation and are not available for registration. See RFC 2606, Section 3.”

It’s right there in the spec for reserved top-level names:

“The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) also currently has the following second level domain names reserved which can be used as examples: example.com, example.net, example.org.”

Via Anil Dash.