AOL

Tedium

How File Sharing Broke the Internet’s First Forum

Usenet—a formative online protocol intended for conversations—was forever changed once the public figured out you could transfer binary files through it.
Ernie Smith
2.6.18
Obituaries

AIM Will Enter Instant Messenger Heaven on December 15

AOL is putting up a permanent away message on one of the most important messaging services of all time.
Jason Koebler
10.6.17
LGBTQ

Cruising Online Was Actually Fun Before Grindr Ruined Everything

Craigslist, AOL chatrooms, and Gay.com were something today's apps aren't: fun.
Steven Blum
5.25.17
investigations

I Used AIM for the Last Month to See if It's Still Good

Investigating whether we should all get back on AIM and what has become of our away messages.
Jason Koebler
5.8.17
Internet History

AOL Is Mysteriously Shutting Down the 19-Year-Old Community That Inspired Wikipedia

Editors of DMOZ, a human-curated web directory say the "community is understandably devastated."
Jason Koebler
3.14.17
Commodore 64

This 80s MMO Needs Your Help to Stay Alive

'Habitat' needs your Java skills.
Nicole Carpenter
2.7.17
Re-Exposure

AOL’s 1995 Chat Rooms Were the Original 'Ask Me Anything'

It was once a big deal for Jay Leno to hang out with a virtual audience of plebs, but these days, we call that a Tuesday afternoon.
Ernie Smith
12.6.16
The VICE Guide to Right Now

The 'You've Got Mail' Voice Actor Is a Midwestern Uber Driver Now

The guy says he made $200 for the AOL voice acting job and went on to work at a Cleveland news station before retiring and turning to Uber.
VICE Staff
11.7.16
short circuit

After Yahoo Deal, Verizon Faces Uphill Battle Against Google, Facebook

Verizon isn’t going to become an online advertising titan overnight.
Sam Gustin
7.25.16
AIM

A History of SmarterChild

Remembering the chatbot that was my introduction to artificial intelligence.
Ashwin Rodrigues
3.16.16
security

Verizon Is Still Tracking Customers Across the Web Without Consent

The FCC slaps Verizon on the wrist for using invasive “supercookies,” but a loophole will allow its mission to monetize paying customers will continue.
Janus Rose
3.9.16
tech

How AOL Instant Messenger Shaped the Sexuality of a Generation

A/S/L? ;-)
Mark Shrayber
12.10.15
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