It is a brand marketed by Oath, a subsidiary of Verizon Communications.
AOL was one of the early pioneers of the Internet in the mid-1990s, and the most recognized brand on the web in the United States.
Subscribers bought a modem from the company for US.95 and paid a one-time US setup fee.
During this time, AOL connections would be flooded with users trying to get on, and many canceled their accounts due to constant busy signals.
A commercial featuring Steve Case telling people AOL was working day and night to fix the problem was made.
As of December 15, 2017, AOL Instant Messenger products and services have been shut down and no longer work. We know there are so many loyal fans who have used AIM for decades, and we loved working and building the first chat app of its kind since 1997.
If you're an AOL member, AOL products and services like AOL Mail, AOL Desktop Gold and Member Subscriptions were not affected. Our focus will always be on providing the kind of innovative experiences consumers want.
On May 24, 1985, Quantum Computer Services, an online services company, was founded by Jim Kimsey from the remnants of Control Video, with Kimsey as Chief Executive Officer, and Marc Seriff as Chief Technology Officer.
The technical team consisted of Marc Seriff, Tom Ralston, Ray Heinrich, Steve Trus, Ken Huntsman, Janet Hunter, Dave Brown, Craig Dykstra, Doug Coward, and Mike Ficco.
This also coincided with a new "carpet bombing" marketing campaign by CMO Jan Brandt to distribute as many free trial AOL trial disks as possible through nonconventional distribution partners.
At one point, 50% of the CDs produced worldwide had an AOL logo.
From the beginning, AOL included online games in its mix of products; many classic and casual games were included in the original Play Net software system.