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You no longer have mail: America Online, keyword RIP

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by maumann, May 3, 2021.

  1. maumann

    maumann Well-Known Member

    Remember those heady days when Internet monster AOL was able to buy TimeWarner for $182 billion? And Yahoo! bought Tumblr for $1.1 billion? Yeah, that didn't work out so good.

    In 1999, AOL had a market cap of $222 billion. Yahoo! was valued at $140 billion in 2000 before its stock went from $475 a share to $8.

    Verizon sold off AOL and Yahoo! for $5 billion to Apollo, which probably has no idea what to do with them, either. Too bad the "bad word" dot.com company website that kept track of all the implosions from 2000-2002 doesn't exist any more.

    Last edited: May 3, 2021
  2. Neutral Corner

    Neutral Corner Well-Known Member

    AOL: The internet with training wheels.

    My main email addy is still on yahoo. I've had it for pushing thirty years. It's the fill out the form addy where all the sludge goes.
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  3. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Verizon paid almost $10 billion combined for them and is now getting out for slightly more than half of that.

    As for what Apollo is going to do with it ... given that it is Apollo, the obvious thing will be to use the Yahoo! name to host online sports betting.
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  4. wicked

    wicked Well-Known Member

    I still have an AOL email address I’ll check every year or two, to see if anyone has actually emailed (it’s always all spam). I wasted way too much time on there as a kid.
  5. goalmouth

    goalmouth Well-Known Member

    Oath was a massive fail and worthless after goodwill writedown.

    My former boss Tim Armstrong's legacy of nothing.
  6. spikechiquet

    spikechiquet Well-Known Member

    hotmail was my first email address (96, I think?) and it's still technically there via Outlook. I have 2 yahoos that I use for junk mail.
    I think there was a joke on Silicon Valley about a guy that still uses his hotmail address. Went something along the lines of: "I thought only grandmas and terrorists used hotmail still..."
  7. Jerry-atric

    Jerry-atric Well-Known Member

    He was tremendous as the lead singer of Rancid, as well.
  8. Neutral Corner

    Neutral Corner Well-Known Member

    Remember too that AOL was the world's largest supplier of free coasters for the best part of ten years.
  9. garrow

    garrow Well-Known Member

  10. Slacker

    Slacker Well-Known Member

    Back when AOL was king of the world, it had the most user-friendly email system I've ever used.

    Still miss hearing this, too ...

    Last edited: May 3, 2021
  11. Slacker

    Slacker Well-Known Member

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  12. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    My main email addy is still AOL -- I've had it since 1994 I think.
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