'You've got mail!'--stories from AOL's heyday
The screeching static of the dial-up connection will forever be wedded in many Americans' memories to the omnipresence of America Online in the early years of the web. From the movies to Saturday Night Live, the mechanized baritone catch phrase "You've got mail!" was parodied and parroted for years--a recognition that in the pop culture, AOL was the Internet.
Then AOL seemed to vanish. Now, on the company's 25th birthday, AOL is trying for a comeback as a content provider--a network of web sites designed to fill dozens of niches with service, entertainment and some news as well. As The Post's Michael Rosenwald reports today, the new AOL is quite different from the dial-up service it was for millions of Americans of a certain age.
Help us tell the story of what AOL meant in those first years of the web as a mass medium. How did AOL change your life? Can you recall when the company and its services first hit your consciousness--and, years later, when it first seemed an irrelevancy? Share your stories about AOL on the comment board below...
| May 23, 2010; 10:45 PM ET
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