Here is a sobering page.
For those who started domaining in the 2000's, many usually wonder what could have been if they started earlier, or if they had known 'back then' what they know now.
The link above shows the progression of domain name counts going back to 1998. I bought my first domain in early 2000, even though my regs back then weren't too great by today's standards (something most people will admit when they first started out). Then I quit for a few years over the dot-com crash before eventually getting tuned in again.
Looking at the chart at Zooknic, in January 2000 there were a total of 10,008,475 .com/net/org domains registered. Of these, there were 779,950 .org, 1,216,750 .net and 8,006,100 .com
Only 8 million .com's and under 1 million .org's regged when I first started out.
The .info and .biz extensions didn't even exist then. It's a sobering thought. Imagine being able to go back with the knowledge you have now and check for domains at register.com (where I first bought from). I can only imagine the quality that was still available at the time.
It's fun to think about the 'what if' scenario from time to time, but not something that should be dwelled on for too long!