Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Rise and Fall of AOL

Another post from my New Comm. Tech Blog!

This blog entry will be about the history of the network provider America Online (AOL) and how it faded from popularity. It is well-known for its now outdated dial-up Internet. AOL first started as a company called Control Video Corporation (CVC). It offered downloadable games for the Atari 2600 video game system . When Jim Kimsey signed on as CEO he took the company in the direction of providing online services for the Commodore 64 and 128. They called it the Q-Link. They eventually teamed up with Apple, and after their partnership ended Q-Link became AOL (webhostingreport, undated).

AOL became a Internet provider in the late 1990's. At its peak about 35 million people were using this service to connect to the Internet (CNET, 2002). After merging with Time Warner, AOL's value began to drop. With the increasing amount of competition offering either a free or low-cost service things got worse for them. The increasing usage of broadband also made things tougher on the company (CNET, 2002). AOL eventually made the switch to being a content provider much like Yahoo, as opposed to a service provider (webhostingreport, undated).

Although AOL is not as prominent as it used to be, it is still one of the first Internet providers, thus solidifying its place in technological history.


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