Has a "dot-com" changed your world? The Internet wants to know how

It's been 25 years since the inception of "dot-com" as a top-level domain and, in celebration, there's a contest to share your life-changing dot-com story.

There's nothing unusual about seeing TV cameras on the expo floor of a trade show like Web 2.0 Expo. They're usually pointed at the execs behind the booths talking about their products or services.

But at a booth called "HowDoYou.com," the cameras are pointed at the folks stopping by to visit - and, no,  they're not trying to sell you anything. The .com top level domain, which first came into use in 1985, is celebrating 25 years. As part of the celebration, Verisign has sponsored a promotional contest to get people talking about how ".com" changed their worlds.

Maybe, through a ".com" you found the love of your life, a better job or even yourself. Maybe it helped you complete a collection, make a sale or seal a deal. Maybe, through a ".com," you witnessed, celebrated or mourned.

Whatever your story, HowDoYou.com wants to capture that story and post it for all of the Internet to see.  May 26 and running through August 31, people can go to the site, fire up their webcams and tell their own stories. The video shy are welcomed to submit a written story.

So what do you win? How about an iPad? The entry with the most votes at the end of every week gets one. And at the end of the contest, one winner - determined by judges - will win $10,000.

Hmmm. Now that I think of it, I guess I have had a couple of memorable dot-com experiences.