I am curious to know why SFDC has come to be associated with Salesforce.

  • I answered and then I saw your profile :/ you are messing around arent you ;) :P Commented Dec 4, 2014 at 10:30
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    why would I be messing around? just because I used to work for Salesforce and am a customer of Salesforce doesn't mean that I know the reason. Furthermore it's the first time I have heard that DC represents Dot Comc or .com in any acronym. Have you any other examples to enlighten me? It is you who are messing I fear! :-)
    – Bartley
    Commented Dec 4, 2014 at 11:28
  • I was also very curious, what a waste of curiosity. SFDC, should really be SF only
    – user23868
    Commented Aug 11, 2015 at 16:03
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    Correct, thats what our perception is now. But maybe the stakeholders has different perception then, in initial days when 'San Francisco > Salesforce':) Commented Aug 18, 2015 at 6:18

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SFDC stands for Salesforce.com (Sales Force Dot Com)

The company chose SFDC over the simpler SF to avoid confusing with the common acronym for the company's hometown of San Francisco!

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    I can't find a reference at the moment, but I believe they are trying to move away from SFDC, though this is correct as far as the origin goes.
    – Adrian Larson
    Commented Sep 3, 2015 at 22:10

SFDC stands for SalesForceDotCom. The company would have retained just SF. But as trends on Social Communities started getting wider the acronym faced the uncertainty of getting hijacked by other trends.

For ex: Initially on Twitter, Salesforce used both #Salesforce and #SF as hashtags to monitor the interactions. Later, it got too crowded to use #SF since it may be SemiFinal of an event etc. So then it decided to switch to SFDC. Now this has gained the prominent Keyword status on many communities(including Stackexchange) and also on Google Rankings.

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