What Happened to America Online? [LGR Tech Tales]

10 lut 2017
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This episode covers the story of AOL from birth to collapse, by way of the Apple Link and endless free disks and CDs. Join me in LGR Tech Tales, looking at stories of technological inspiration, failure, and everything in-between!
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  • If you'd like even more AOL history, be sure to check out my Quantum Link episode: plworld.info/show/qGehgKi1gKjdmso/wideo.html

    LGRLGR3 lat temu
    • You've got mail!

      DistroHopper39B - Tech Videos and MoreDistroHopper39B - Tech Videos and More4 miesięcy temu
    • Have you watched 'Halt and Catch Fire'? There was an episode or two that dealt with AOL and other contemporary online services of the time.

      C MC M5 miesięcy temu
    • TAWNNA. Rint line. CHRISTIAN. MEETS. WOMAN 58 SHE ME. APRIL'S Tami. August 14 1968. Mike kill DIVORCED

      Tina PrescottTina Prescott5 miesięcy temu
    • What ever happened to NetZero?

      Pimp JuicePimp JuiceRok temu
    • Still waiting for that MSN tale episode mentioned in the video… 😉

      MuenchnerHaiMuenchnerHaiRok temu
  • Look up bebo nowadays. Its a shitty montage website

  • Ahh, the good ol' days

    Liam AndrewLiam Andrew8 dni temu
  • I think AOL spent all that IPO money on floppies and CD-ROMs.

    Little JennyLittle Jenny10 dni temu
  • 1800 You had to talk with eachother in person 1990 instant message 2020 DISCORD

    edbsbwedbsbw14 dni temu
  • This is the first I'm hearing of Bebo...

    Chubby CatfishChubby Catfish18 dni temu
  • 500 Free AOL Hours If You Click Read More! Nah, you've seen too many AOL ads already.

    KJboyeKJboye20 dni temu
  • Activision Blizzard: 'Write that down, write that down!!!11'

    AtreusoAtreuso24 dni temu
  • Well, I never used AOL myself, but I do remember a brief time (maybe 2 years) using CompuServe, which was similar I guess in concept and look & feel to a point.... Although CompuServe I think came out before AOL as I remember using it on a Windows 3.1 Pentium 60 Dell computer back in 1993-94 I think.

    Heelix RanierHeelix RanierMiesiąc temu
  • 90's: Stonks Rising 2000's: Stonks Falling

    Monster2239Monster2239Miesiąc temu
  • Imagine getting a copy of Microsoft 365 on a cd with a darn Tostino's Frozen Pizza.

    Monster2239Monster2239Miesiąc temu
  • Y A H O O P O O L

    Vegas MilgaussVegas MilgaussMiesiąc temu
  • nice

    dragogosdragogosMiesiąc temu
  • online chats,online gaming,cyber sex,forwards from grandma,free frisbees and coasters one of these things is not like the other......

    John RJohn R2 miesięcy temu
  • having the "disadvantage" of having to rely on the same telephone line for calls and internet I think was way better than now. At least you gave yourself the restriction of not being addicted to the internet simply because you didn't wanna miss any calls.

    Natan SkorputNatan Skorput2 miesięcy temu
  • AOL plus yahoo was bought by Verizon......2015

    morgan freemanmorgan freeman2 miesięcy temu
  • the internet has existed ever since someone found out you can send binary data with a telephone

    ∆pertureChromaKey∆pertureChromaKey2 miesięcy temu
  • AOL, I remember when they were released onto the internet. It's been getting worse since.

    Michael BlairMichael Blair2 miesięcy temu
  • Well put together. I remember taking all those aol disks and deleting the content and using them for my school term papers.

    TrottotrotTrottotrot2 miesięcy temu
  • a/s/l?

    Darth DeciusDarth Decius2 miesięcy temu
  • Please do a Tech Tales video on Internet Explorer.

    nondjmasternondjmaster3 miesięcy temu
  • It's crazy how big it got. I remember the CDs being everywhere and it got annoying fast. For a short time it was kind of cool though. Instant messenger was nice. ICQ too.

    j gj g3 miesięcy temu
  • did you have to use their browser on their service? could you use netscape or IE?

    A. D.A. D.3 miesięcy temu
  • First of all this was such an impressive high quality video that it felt like I was actually watching cable TV. Great job LGR! That being said... We all have had bad luck in our past where some "bone dog" ran up on us, and completely screwed us over. That's life. But I had no idea Bill Von Meister got so slammed like that, and then left with nothing. It just makes all my failures not even comparable. Even educated men can get owned their fair share I suppose. Damn he got OWNED by Quantum link at the highest levels of possible full blown ownage. They basically took what he did, and pressed on with a better version, and then cut him out of it as a scape goat. Damn...

    midarkmindmidarkmind3 miesięcy temu
  • I can still hear the advertisement for “New Radio at AOL version 7.0” very clearly in my head. This browser was my childhood. Thank you.

    Emi SumidaEmi Sumida3 miesięcy temu

    Kevin FreedKevin Freed3 miesięcy temu
  • Ah man how much I abused AOL to get free usage for 6months. After using the free trial I would call them to cancel the service they would ask me why and I told them I had issues with connection and slow speeds. Lol they would believe me and I got 6months of free Internet. Never paid for it. Haha

    Raazel BenderezRaazel Benderez3 miesięcy temu

    Plumjet09Plumjet093 miesięcy temu
  • I can remember getting online the very first time , it wasnt AOL, but it was a library connection over T5. I was looking up N64 stuff. I was completely blown away. Angelfire and Geo cities. But before I seen my cousin online over dialup on his Acer computer. He was the first person I knew with a PC. Windows 95 we installed to play Hell, and playing Outpost. I dunno..memories

    Stevie JoStevie Jo3 miesięcy temu
  • What happened was the cables companies and computer browsers cut AOL out of the equation. And also they were so big and bought in to things like Turner demand Warner. Kaboom...gone

    Stevie JoStevie Jo3 miesięcy temu
  • Don't forget, they were fined for excessive distribution of floppies and CDs on magazines seen as spam and excess waste. A group of people collected over 250000 CDs and sent them back to AOL. Lol

    cs512trcs512tr3 miesięcy temu
  • This is what happened C I H (Or maybe it failed to download reaper program).

    Mai BuiMai Bui3 miesięcy temu
  • AOL? Didn't they make coffee cup coasters?

    David JamesDavid James3 miesięcy temu
  • wow, apple overcharging for something, who would have ever expected such a thing

    SirinterwebSirinterweb4 miesięcy temu
  • A.O. bringing up Body Odor was hilarious 😂😂😂😂

    DistroHopper39B - Tech Videos and MoreDistroHopper39B - Tech Videos and More4 miesięcy temu
  • AOL still exists

    永遠にソニック永遠にソニック4 miesięcy temu
  • Man I remember the chat rooms 😂

    Watchmen for YeshuaWatchmen for Yeshua4 miesięcy temu
  • When times were simpler...

    Joel El RicanJoel El Rican4 miesięcy temu
  • I remember making progs (progz), with all sorts of fun options. I think the advent of so many people started using kiddy scripts with these programs and I know it drove AOL up a fucking wall.

    Alexander ColonAlexander Colon4 miesięcy temu
    • @Dimondminer11 if you weren't born in the 80s, might be hard to explain the fun early years of AOL and all the bad shit you can do with it.

      Alexander ColonAlexander Colon4 miesięcy temu
    • @Dimondminer11 progs were programs that basically hijacked the AOL software. These programs allowed people to flood chat rooms with thousands of characters, flood people's email box to it was full. Allowed people to kick others offline with just a single sending of a message. Or if you messaged someone with a: it would make their A: Drive spin (that's for people that had floppy disk drives). It also brought up the creation of 'warez' chatrooms where people would go and download games, movies, and PC applications all for free without paying. I kicked people offline for the fun of it. It basically allowed you to hack AOL without knowing any programming or hacking knowledge. Look up AOHell on Google.

      Alexander ColonAlexander Colon4 miesięcy temu
    • what? plz explain this comment

      Dimondminer11Dimondminer114 miesięcy temu
  • AOL TIME WARNER also destroyed World Championship Wrestling by selling it off like a cheap whore. Glad they got their just deserts

    Stevie JoStevie Jo4 miesięcy temu
  • I first used AOL running in Geoworks Ensemble on my XT clone.

    Brian AndrewsBrian Andrews4 miesięcy temu

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  • gettin off now, sory neede a nake phone cal

    uiop uiopuiop uiop4 miesięcy temu
    • ß

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    MihacappyMihacappy4 miesięcy temu
  • Aol briefly tried to enter the UK market around 2000/2001. They were never going to break the hold of BT and (at the time) NTL. No smart advertising and lady in a yellow dress were going to break the 2 big UK providers, BT had broadband and NTL could offer cable TV. Dialup at the turn of millenium was like introducing a candle to a torch factory

    jasbkjasbk4 miesięcy temu
  • Shout out to British users who had Joanna Lumley welcome you. I can hear it now as my parents would sign on. Always got freaked out as a young child when she would say “you got company” when no one was using the computer but still signed on.

    DannyDanny4 miesięcy temu
  • Murders and Executions - America Psycho Online

    Alex de MoyaAlex de Moya4 miesięcy temu
  • Watching in 2020 as Yahoo! is now a MVNO cell phone provider

    Tyson EdwardsTyson Edwards4 miesięcy temu
  • progz OG

    Taco CarlsónTaco Carlsón4 miesięcy temu

    joe Gangwayjoe Gangway5 miesięcy temu

    TechnoJunkie109TechnoJunkie1095 miesięcy temu
  • ASL anyone?

    FireboltAzFireboltAz5 miesięcy temu
  • Q

    vonziglevonzigle5 miesięcy temu
  • The same corporate mentality that brought down AOL also brought down the Big Three automotive companies in the 2000s. They were just lucky enough to get bailed out. Instead of innovating and investing in their own business and tech, companies like AOL assumed the path forward was through acquiring other companies for hundreds of billions of dollars. Imagine if they'd sunk that money in R&D, software development...or even just to acquire a telecom company and lay cable. So weird.

    Jed AndersonJed Anderson5 miesięcy temu
  • And none of Meister's friends helped him with cancer or his broke and debt filled self :(

  • AOL kicked me out for overusing their flat rate dial up service then invited me back when broadband became a thing. ...thanks AOL.

    LionheartNhLionheartNh5 miesięcy temu
  • Great documentaries... Nostalgic! congrats

    Filipe DavilaFilipe Davila5 miesięcy temu
  • "Apple was overcharging for it" - True no matter when you read this.

    Duck KingDuck King5 miesięcy temu
  • Eovnne. Mike DIVORCED. TAMI. JAN 18 218.

    Tina PrescottTina Prescott5 miesięcy temu
  • TAWNNA lyricsTami Mrs Tina Mike DIVORCED

    Tina PrescottTina Prescott5 miesięcy temu
  • TAWNNA. 1150

    Tina PrescottTina Prescott5 miesięcy temu
    • TAWNNA. 930.

      Tina PrescottTina Prescott5 miesięcy temu
    • TAWNNA. Hu

      Tina PrescottTina Prescott5 miesięcy temu
  • It's interesting to know those aol discs had a purpose other than skeet shooting.

    Cumulus HaloCumulus Halo5 miesięcy temu
  • “Stop cramming free AOL start-up CDs into every crevice in the universe” ahaha too true

    Max WoofMax Woof5 miesięcy temu
  • pls do 1 for mcafee. pls i love u

    The Human CondomThe Human Condom6 miesięcy temu
  • I was born in 2004 and some how i feel nostalgic about aol....

    James BrattelJames Brattel6 miesięcy temu
  • Who would compare A.O. To B.O.? Make no sense at all.

    kidartexkidartex6 miesięcy temu
  • Clint this is brilliant, the tales eppisodes are great. I dream of a future where documentaries are curated by you haha! Keep it up dude

    Bogdan IonascuBogdan Ionascu6 miesięcy temu
  • AOL also bought out TEN (the Total Entertainment Network) and scrapped Dark Sun Online, which was a glitchy, primitive mess but I loved playing it. Ugh. Screw AOL.

    Jessica SlaterJessica Slater6 miesięcy temu
  • AOL was only popular in America. Most people in Europe, Asia and even Canada never even heard of this company.

    Drowning In TeaDrowning In Tea6 miesięcy temu
    • ​@Julien Vergne I am from Hong Kong but since I chatted with people around the world and browsed the web in English, I used English more than my mother tongue (Cantonese) and I've never once seen anyone mentioning AOL 😅 I am thinking about how much things changed in the last 20 years. Nowadays, everything is just a search away on the internet. It's hard to imagine that a company of this extent is not known by people around the world.

      Drowning In TeaDrowning In Tea6 miesięcy temu
    • @Drowning In Tea Interesting, i tought it was known nearly worldwide. From what country are you,if i may ask?

      Julien VergneJulien Vergne6 miesięcy temu
    • @Julien Vergne Interesting, but I admit I don't know much about France. If we are talking about IM, I'm sure that most people in Europe and Asia used ICQ in the early 2000s, then moved to WLM when it got popular (according to my personal experience and statistics). I've personally never heard of this company until I read American tech news articles and I was like "what is AOL???" Just a personal anecdote though :)

      Drowning In TeaDrowning In Tea6 miesięcy temu
    • In France, i remember AOL Cds were on every magazine during the early 2000's.

      Julien VergneJulien Vergne6 miesięcy temu
  • My mom still uses her AOL email address lol

    Ben RoleyBen Roley6 miesięcy temu
  • 12:25 I'm not sure if that was an American Psycho reference, if it was....lol

    daniel cdaniel c6 miesięcy temu
  • I remember seeing the aol sample disks at checkout in Kmart as a kid. It's so shocking to learn why they were there and that there was a monetary value to them at some point. I remember thinking the store was just giving away free CDs because they were nice.

    tim hulltim hull6 miesięcy temu
  • Prolly I guess my first email address is aol aim, what happened to aim chat??

    Neteuler SystemNeteuler System6 miesięcy temu
  • I forgot about the phrase "buddy list".

    E-M EntertainmentE-M Entertainment6 miesięcy temu
  • Yup here in Canada ....America Online was my first online experience lol

    Mike MetcalfeMike Metcalfe6 miesięcy temu
  • Frisbees and drink coasters. This is why i keep watching LGR.

    Ooel3ctrooOOoel3ctrooO6 miesięcy temu
  • Your histories are so cool, and match my memories.

    MattributeMattribute6 miesięcy temu

    Tommy HamhamTommy Hamham6 miesięcy temu
  • “Apple was overcharging for it” I am in shock, in shock

    Sammy SmithSammy Smith6 miesięcy temu
  • I tried to cancel my AOL in around 2000. they kept billing me for 6 months even though I had canceled and went with Broadband. What a corrupt finish.

    Timcat100Timcat1006 miesięcy temu
  • I had Prodigy back then, well my dad since I was like 12 when he got dial-up internet from Prodigy.

    Javir MessaJavir Messa6 miesięcy temu
    • So did I. I even remember my username. JXVB51C

      megadogmegadog5 miesięcy temu
  • I miss the times of AOL.

    Cobb Trading CompanyCobb Trading Company6 miesięcy temu
  • My email is still an @aol.com

    CTJacobCTJacob6 miesięcy temu
  • To this day I’m still wondering what color keywords did. But {S *A: was my jam. Annoyed the 💩 out of people

    KazzArieKazzArie6 miesięcy temu
  • How many people named "Steve" are associated with Apple?

    810Austin Beats810Austin Beats6 miesięcy temu
  • Apple? Overcharging? nooooooooooo wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyy

    Sunny ShuklaSunny Shukla6 miesięcy temu
  • Ironically nowadays fewer people even use landline phones because everyone has a cell phone. AOL could reemerge at anytime if they wanted to with the technology available now.

    Superomega Mk IIISuperomega Mk III6 miesięcy temu
  • Murders and executions.. merges and acquisitions ... Dungeons and dragons!

    CatastrophesheCatastropheshe6 miesięcy temu
  • Wait wat.. Neverwinter nights wasn't the first Neverwinter nights..? And it was MMO? My childhood is a lie! :d

    CatastrophesheCatastropheshe6 miesięcy temu
  • Duck tales... I mean tech tales..

    CatastrophesheCatastropheshe6 miesięcy temu
  • Watching this for the 3rd or 4th time over the years. The information and presentation are GREAT. Huge thanks

    Binkman85Binkman856 miesięcy temu
  • I met my wife on AOL, we dated for 4 years and have been married for 17 and a half. I wanted to use an AOL CD as a ring at the wedding but was shot down. SO then I wanted to build a house out of AOL CD's. Again... shot down... I had drawers full of those things, but every time you go to the store, you grab 3 or 4 off the stack by the register, every other day in the mail you get a new one. If you sign up for a trial account and then cancel it, you start getting them every day. You could have been a green savior in the late 90's if you'd come up with something very practical to do with all the left over AOL CDs

    Jeremy HJeremy H6 miesięcy temu
  • Fun Fact: it takes 3 days to download Doom from a BBS.

    Tony SolarTony Solar6 miesięcy temu
  • Downvoted for the constant zooming in and zooming out graphics the entire video

    Ural DamasisUral Damasis6 miesięcy temu
  • AOL screwed AOL

    Spac18Spac186 miesięcy temu
  • Time Warner AOL deal also killed WCW, I'm sure Clint will get it

    Spac18Spac186 miesięcy temu
  • Jan Brandt looks like a 1990s softcore star

    Spac18Spac186 miesięcy temu
  • Was that Bret Hart?

    Spac18Spac186 miesięcy temu
  • 8:02 the funny thing about that Bret Hart AOL picture is that when AOL and time Warner merged, they were the ones who pulled World Championship Wrestling off of tv, leading to the WWF buying WCW and thus ending the Monday night wars

    Javier SJavier S6 miesięcy temu
  • I still use my aol email address that my sister made for me back in 01' when we first got internet, I still use it as my main one, I've used many other different email address from different sites but the aol one has simply just the best interface imo, idk maybe it's just me and I'm so used to it, but it is very convenient, I know where everything is at, all the archived stuff too, spam is not that bad etc... and I'm talking about desktop/laptop here, not mobile app for email, I don't rely on those, very inaccurate, sometimes the emails don't even come thru, and it's always refreshing, no ... only thing is it has my birth year on it, so that caused problems for me online when I was a teen, ppl would just basically say stfu u stupid kid, a huge mistake, that I had no control over, but whatever, u live and learn, the internet has always been a viscous place, it's good to learn that while ur young

    daleva187goligodaleva187goligo6 miesięcy temu