AOL

What does AOL stand for?

America Online

AOL was an internet company that once dominated the scene as the largest Internet Service Provider in the United States. They were the creators of the very famous AIM (AOL Instant Messenger), which was the go-to instant messaging platform for many during its peak from the late 1990s to mid-2000s. This company was eventually bought by Verizon Communications in 2015.

Millennials who grew up in the 90s and 2000s would have fond memories of AOL, primarily because of the AIM messaging app. The rise of personal computers and the internet during this era contributed significantly to AIM’s popularity.

As the late 2000s came around, AOL’s popularity began to decline. Even so, the company continued to offer various services like email and digital media. However, the AOL brand slowly faded away when Verizon bought it and sold its media division to Apollo Global Management, which later merged with Yahoo! Inc.

Example for using ‘AOL’ in a conversation

Hey, remember when we used to chat on AOL?

Haha, yes! Those were the days. AIM was the best!

Totally! I miss the sound of the dial-up connection.

Me too! And the excitement of waiting for someone to sign on.