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.
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.
Cruising Online Was Actually Fun Before Grindr Ruined Everything
Craigslist, AOL chatrooms, and Gay.com were something today's apps aren't: fun.
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.
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."
This 80s MMO Needs Your Help to Stay Alive
'Habitat' needs your Java skills.
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.
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.
After Yahoo Deal, Verizon Faces Uphill Battle Against Google, Facebook
Verizon isn’t going to become an online advertising titan overnight.
A History of SmarterChild
Remembering the chatbot that was my introduction to artificial intelligence.
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.
How AOL Instant Messenger Shaped the Sexuality of a Generation