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AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL, stylized as "Aol.", and formerly known as America Online) is a web services company, including a network of premium and niche content sites, and an extensive offering of tools and platforms. AOL's business spans the Internet with online and local content, innovative products and valuable services for consumers, publishers and advertisers. With one of the industry's largest advertising networks, AOL engages consumers with online advertising services on both AOL's owned and operated properties and third-party websites. In addition, AOL operates a premium subscription-based access service in the United States.[4] AOL is headquartered at 770 Broadway in New York.[5][6] Founded in 1983 as Control Video Corporation, it has franchised its services to companies in several nations around the world or set up international versions of its services.[7] AOL is best known for its online software suite, also called AOL, that allowed customers to access the world's largest "walled garden" online community and eventually reach out to the Internet as a whole. At its zenith, AOL's membership was over 30 million members worldwide,[8] most of whom accessed the AOL service through the AOL software suite.

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1 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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2 No more Newsgroups Usenet access terminated in 2005
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3 Programs become invasive Want to turn it off? Forget it!
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4 Tried to take over the world Bought out and ruined small ISPs left and right
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5 Eternal September Usenet was so peaceful before AOL.
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6 You Can't Leave Us! Uninstalling and cancelling service is a challenge
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7 Never Boned Still rocks.
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1 I was once on AOL for eight grueling years. Dial-up, no less. It was $15 monthly, then down to $10 monthly. 7.0 was actually an okay version, 8.0 was meh, but 9.0 "Optimized" is really what boned. It was seriously bloated clampware, I call it, because uninstalling it was a pain. Just when you thought you uninstalled it, somehow, that stupid little blue AOL icon was sitting happily in your taskbar. I was glad to have gotten DSL in 2007, never turned back since. I just find it funny now that AOL is still charging anyone with dial up, but it's free for broadband users. Who'd want to weigh down their computers with that crap again on a connection like broadband? Their browsing engine was Internet Explorer for crying out loud. And they claimed that it was "theirs" or they modified it. Yeah, modified it all right so it's even ten times worse than just IE alone. AOL over the years was losing thousands to even millions of subscribers. They continue to do so today, quite deserving I think. -- Submitted By: (Infyrin) on August 24, 2013, 3:33 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 I was fine with AOL until I decided I no longer wanted to pay $24/month for their dial-up. WOW, canceling AOL was an arduous process! I think of AOL as the 'roach motel' of ISPs; customers check in, but they can't check out! -- Submitted By: (Nature_Boy) on December 24, 2009, 5:26 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 Not that my current ISP is anything special, but thank God I got off AOL 3 years ago. It's called AO Hell for a reason. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on July 15, 2009, 4:17 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 Training wheels for the internet, if you could actually use it instead of "loading artwork" for 30 minutes with your 14.4 modem -- Submitted By: (BrewMaster) on July 14, 2009, 8:17 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote

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