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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

dominant online service of the late 1990s, initialism (acronym) of America Online, company name from late 1989.


AOL Inc. (simply known as AOL, originally known as America Online, stylized as Aol.) is an American multinational mass media corporation based in New York, a subsidiary of Verizon Communications. The company owns and operates websites such as The Huffington Post, TechCrunch and Engadget, and spans digital distribution of content, products, and services, which it offers to consumers, publishers, and advertisers.

AOL was one of the early pioneers of the internet in the mid-1990s, and the most recognized brand on the web in the U.S. It originally provided a dial-up service to millions of Americans, as well as providing a web portal, e-mail, instant messaging and later a web browser following its purchase of Netscape. At the height of its popularity, it purchased the media conglomerate Time Warner in the largest merger in U.S. history. AOL rapidly declined thereafter, partly due to the decline of dial-up to broadband. AOL was eventually spun off from Time Warner in 2009, with Tim Armstrong appointed the new CEO. Under his leadership, the company invested in media brands and advertising technologies.

On June 23, 2015, AOL was acquired by Verizon Communications for $4.4 billion, which turned it into a subsidiary. In the following months, AOL also made a deal with Microsoft and acquired several tech properties, including Millennial Media and Kanvas to bolster their mobile ad-tech capabilities.

AOL (disambiguation)

AOL is an American company that invests in brands and web sites.

AOL may also refer to:

Usage examples of "aol".

I had nothing more on my mind than waiting for the AOL logfiles to be delivered.

Grandstand Forum outlining his case and asking other subscribers for their support, but his messages were erased by AOL almost as quickly as they were written.

The Terms of Service agreement signed by subscribers gives AOL carte blanche to delete posts, shut down websites, and, following three violations, disconnect offenders.

We're going to do some port surfing on this last AOL domain name server!

NOIC - the National Organization of Internet Commerce threatened to post to its Web site the e-mail addresses of millions of AOL members.

AOL had just shot past 15 million subscribers and was gobbling up CompuServe and ICQ, pioneers of instant messaging.

One of the keys here is a person who uses chat rooms and AOL Instant Messenger.

The AOL Instant Messenger system alone has thousands of users, hundreds of thousands of messages a day.

The only account will be AOL, which will still come back to Perley, the guy whose credit card number got pinched.

She quickly e-mailed a copy to Harrods' shipping clerk downstairs for immediate proc essing, then logged onto AOL and IM'd a gift shop on the Rock of Gibraltar.