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AOL

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AOL

American global brand company that develops, grows, and invests in brands and web sites add

Category: Business

Founded in 1985.

Countries: United States (48%), (36%), Virginia (4%)

Main connections: Advertising.com, Tacoda, Time Warner

Linked to: Google, Microsoft, TechCrunch, The Washington Post

 

Timeline


 

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1985

Kimsey changed the company's strategy, and in 1985 launched a dedicated online service for Commodore 64 and 128 computers, originally called Quantum Link add something

 

Von Meister quietly left the company in early 1985 add something

 

Control Video was reorganized as Quantum Computer Services, Inc. on May 24, 1985, with Kimsey as Chief Executive Officer and Marc Seriff as Chief Technology Officer add something


1987

Case himself rose quickly through the ranks; Kimsey promoted him to vice-president of marketing not long after becoming CEO, and later promoted him further to executive vice-president in 1987 add something


1988

In May 1988, Quantum and Apple launched AppleLink Personal Edition for Apple II and Macintosh computers add something

 

In August 1988, Quantum launched PC Link, a service for IBM-compatible PCs developed in a joint venture with the Tandy Corporation add something


1989

After the company parted ways with Apple in October 1989, Quantum changed the service's name to America Online add something


1991

Kimsey soon began to groom Case to ascend to the rank of CEO, which he did when Kimsey retired in 1991 add something

 

Steve Case - In 1991 he changed the company name to America Online and merged the Apple and PC services under the AOL name; the new service reached 1 million subscribers by 1994, and Q-Link was terminated October 21 of that year

 

In February 1991, AOL for DOS was launched using a GeoWorks interface followed a year later by AOL for Windows add something

 

Commodore 64 - It was operated by Quantum Computer Services of Vienna, Virginia, which in October 1991 changed its name to America Online, and continued to operate its AOL service for the IBM PC compatible and Apple Macintosh


1993

In September 1993, AOL added USENET access to its features add something


1995

Bertelsmann - From 1995 to 2000 Bertelsmann had a major Internet service provider joint venture with AOL that operated throughout Europe

 

Babylon 5 - In September 1995, they hired a fan to take over the site and move it to its own domain name, and to oversee the "Keyword B5" area on &America_Online


1996

The first chat room-based text role-playing game, Black Bayou. was introduced by AOL in 1996 add something

 

AOL was quickly running out of room in October 1996 for its network at the Fairfax County campus add something


1997

Kesmai - & AOL purchased CompuServe in 1997 and retooled its AOL Games Channel in a way that placed Kesmai unfavorably compared to its own games division, WordPlay

 

Actua Corporation - Under the guidance of ICG, Water Online brought in Mark Walsh, head of AOL's B2B division, in late 1997 to run the company

 

Simutronics - "GemStone" was originally accessed through General Electric's internet service provider GEnie, later becoming accessible through AOL, Prodigy, and CompuServe before Simutronics finally moved all their games to their own domain in 1997

 

On March 31, 1997, the short-lived eWorld was purchased by AOL. add something


1998

TV by the Numbers - An Internet and statistical analyst, Seidman had previously worked for IBM and Charles Schwab, and published an online newsletter about the Internet and & AOL before founding TV by the Numbers; Gorman had been an AOL executive until 1998, and had read Seidman's column

 

Adtech - Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany, Adtech is the ad serving platform of AOL's digital advertising business

 

Steve Case - Two years later, in 1998, he married former AOL executive Jean Villanueva in a ceremony officiated by the Rev. Billy Graham


2000

In 2000, AOL and Time Warner merged under the name AOL Time Warner add something

 

Fortune (magazine) - In turn, AOL grew as it acquired Time Warner in 2000, when Time Warner was the world's largest media conglomerate

 

The Verge - Throughout the 2000s, AOL began to acquire websites in pursuit of a new ad-driven content strategy for the company

 

Alex Berger - At the beginning of January 2000, following the announcement of the merger between AOL and Time Warner, Alex understands the necessity to elaborate an offensive strategy in order to avoid being desintermediated by the owners of premium content made in the US and held by the major studios


2001

ShopSocially - The pair has previously co-founded Obongo, acquired by AOL in 2001 and AirTight Networks


2003

Spamming - In 2003, he sold a list of approximately 93 million AOL subscriber e-mail addresses to Sean Dunaway who, in turn, sold the list to spammers

 

Mozilla - When AOL greatly reduced its involvement with Mozilla in July 2003, the Mozilla Foundation was designated the legal steward of the project

 

Asa Dotzler - When AOL shut down the Netscape browser unit in July 2003, Dotzler was an original member of the team to start up the Mozilla Foundation

 

Mozilla Foundation - When AOL drastically scaled back its involvement with Mozilla Organization, the Mozilla Foundation was launched on July 15, 2003 to ensure Mozilla could survive without Netscape


2004

In 2004, along with the launch of AOL 9,0 Optimized, AOL made available the option of personalized greetings which would enable the user to hear his or her name while accessing basic functions and mail alerts, or while logging in or out add something

 

Netscape Navigator 9 - After AOL outsourced the development of Netscape Browser 8 to Mercurial Communications in 2004, Netscape Navigator 9 marked the first Netscape browser to be produced in-house since Netscape 7

 

IChat - In February 2004, & AOL introduced AOL Instant Messenger version 5,5 for Windows users, which enabled video, but not audio, chats over the AIM protocol and was compatible with Apple's iChat AV. On the same day, Apple released a public beta of iChat AV 2,1 to allow Mac OS X users to video conferencing with AIM 5,5 users

 

Harlan Ellison - Robertson and RemarQ first settled with Ellison, and AOL likewise settled with Ellison in June 2004, under conditions that were not made public

 

Joystiq - "'Joystiq"' is a video gaming blog founded in June 2004 as part of the Weblogs, Inc. family of weblogs, now owned by AOL


2005

In 2005, AOL broadcast the Live 8 concert live over the Internet, and thousands of users downloaded clips of the concert over the following months add something

 

In late 2005, AOL released AOL Safety & Security Center, a bundle of McAfee anti-virus, CA anti-spyware, and proprietary firewall and phishing protection software add something

 

Spyware - According to a 2005 study by AOL and the National Cyber-Security Alliance, 61 percent of surveyed users' computers were infected with form of spyware

 

The Verge - Bankoff previously worked at AOL in 2005, where he facilitated their "Engadget" acquisition

 

WhereverTV - The concept for what was to become WhereverTV was created by Mark Cavicchia while he was living in Shanghai, China after becoming frustrated with the complexities of trying to stream the 2005 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship tournament live on AOL by connecting his laptop to a big-screen television

 

Engadget - Weblogs Inc. was purchased by AOL in 2005

 

GameDaily - The network grew to the number one position in ComScore's Games /Gaming Information category in March 2005 and was acquired by AOL on August 16, 2006


2006

Karl Zero - Also online, in 2006–07 he hosted on AOL "Le Club du Net", a weekly round-up of interviews concerning the French presidential election campaign produced by Power Podcast, and in mid-March 2007 "JT2Zero", a daily video on demand online newscast about the campaign produced by Havas Media

 

Ficlets - The site was created in late 2006 by AOL system architect and lead developer Kevin Lawver, who handled the back end website programming, as a repository for ficlets

 

WebEx - On February 21, 2006, & AOL and WebEx announced plans to launch a business version of AOL's instant-messaging software, AIM Pro, with additional features to help workers collaborate using conferencing tools offered by WebEx

 

On April 3, 2006, AOL announced that it was retiring the full name "America Online"; the official name of the service became "AOL", and the full name of the TimeWarner subdivision became "AOL, LLC" add something

 

On June 8, 2006, AOL offered a new program called AOL Active Security Monitor, a diagnostic tool that checked the local PC's security status, and recommended additional security software from AOL or Download.com add something

 

The Consumerist - On June 13, 2006, Vincent Ferrari posted an audio file of himself speaking with an & AOL representative allegedly named John as he tried to cancel his AOL account

 

On August 2006, AOL announced that they would give away email accounts and software previously available only to its paying customers provided the customer accessed AOL or AOL.com through a non-AOL-owned access method add something

 

CBS Corporation - The block would be called "KOL Secret Slumber Party on CBS" -- which is a partnership with America Online's "'KOL"' kids service and premiered on September 16, 2006

 

The ISP side of AOL UK was bought by The Carphone Warehouse in October 2006 to take advantage of their 100,000 LLU customers, making The Carphone Warehouse the biggest LLU provider in the UK. add something

 

TalkTalk Group - The Carphone Warehouse purchased the UK ISP business of & AOL in October 2006 for £370m and renamed it AOL Broadband

 

Relegence - It was acquired by AOL on November 8, 2006


2007

AOL was ranked fourth in a 2007 USA TODAY retrospective on the 25 events that shaped the first 25 years of the Internet and was named to the ".com 25" by a panel of Silicon Valley influencers on the occasion of the same anniversary add something

 

Halloween (1978 film) - In 2007, the AOL 31 Days of Horror countdown named "Halloween" the greatest horror movie

 

Tencent QQ - Launched in 2007, QQ Games comes bundled with the AIM installer, and competes with AOL's own games.com to provide a gaming experience for the AIM user base

 

BermanBraun - The Santa Monica, CA based company, founded by principals Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun in 2007, has established partnerships with a number of media companies throughout the industry, including NBC Universal Television, AOL, &YouTube, Starcom Mediavest and Microsoft

 

ICQ - Under the leadership of the new CEO, Orey Gilliam, who assumed the responsibility for all of AOL's messaging business in 2007, ICQ resumed its growth and turned into a highly profitable company, and one of AOL's most successful businesses

 

IDT Global Israel - Until 2007, American companies were the company's main customers; these included AOL and Knowledge Networks

 

Netscape Navigator 9 - "' Netscape Navigator 9"' is a web browser that was produced by the Netscape Communications division of parent AOL, first announced on January 23, 2007

 

Adtech - It was acquired by AOL on May 15, 2007

 

Adtech - On May 16, 2007, & AOL announced its acquisition of Adtech AG. Adtech was acquired to provide AOL with an advanced ad serving platform that includes an array of ad management and delivery applications, enabling Website publishers to manage, traffic and report on their online advertising campaigns

 

Tacoda - It was acquired by AOL on July 23, 2007

 

On September 17, 2007, AOL announced that it was moving one of its corporate headquarters from Dulles, Virginia to New York City and combining its various advertising units into a new subsidiary called Platform A. This action followed several advertising acquisitions, most notably Advertising.com, and highlighted the company's new focus on advertising-driven business models add something

 

Tacoda - On September 17, 2007, AOL announced it was moving one of its corporate headquarters from Dulles, Virginia, to New York City and combining its various advertising units into a new subsidiary called Platform A. This action followed several advertising acquisitions, most notably $ Advertising.com, and highlighted the company's new focus on advertising-driven business models

 

In October 2007, AOL announced that it would move one of its other headquarters from Loudoun County, Virginia to New York City; it would continue to operate its Virginia offices add something

 

Tacoda - In October 2007, AOL announced it would move one of its other headquarters from Loudoun County, Virginia, to New_York_City; it would continue to operate its Virginia offices

 

As part of the impending move to New York and the restructuring of responsibilities at the Dulles headquarters complex after the Reston move, AOL CEO Randy Falco announced on October 15, 2007 plans to lay off 2000 employees worldwide by the end of 2007, beginning "immediately" add something

 

Tacoda - As part of the impending move to New York and the restructuring of responsibilities at the Dulles headquarters complex after the Reston move, AOL CEO Randy Falco announced on October 15, 2007 plans to lay off 2000 employees worldwide by the end of 2007, beginning "immediately"

 

Netscape Navigator 9 - On December 28, 2007, Netscape developers announced that AOL would discontinue their web browser on February 1, 2008


2008

Holly Marie Combs - In 2008, AOL named Combs' character Piper the third greatest witch in television history

 

Prue Halliwell - In 2008, AOL named Prue the 10th greatest witch in television history

 

Janrain - In October, 2008, Janrain introduced Janrain Engage , a software as a service solution enabling websites to register and login users with their existing Facebook, Google, Yahoo, AOL, MySpace, Windows Live ID and Twitter accounts, and share content and site activities with friends on multiple social networks

 

On January 3, 2008, AOL announced the closing one of its three Northern Virginia data centers, Reston Technology Center, and sold it to CRG West add something

 

Tacoda - On January 3, 2008, AOL announced the closing one of its three Northern Virginia data centers, Reston Technology Center, and sold it to CRG West

 

On February 6, 2008, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes announced that Time Warner would split AOL's internet access and advertising businesses into two, with the possibility of later selling the internet access division add something

 

Tacoda - Advertising - On February 6, 2008, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes announced Time Warner would split AOL's internet access and advertising businesses in two, with the possibility of later selling the internet access division

 

Picture to Burn - The video premiered on March 14, 2008 on AOL's The Boot

 

CBS Radio - On April 30, 2008, CBS Radio and AOL entered a partnership

 

Ficlets - On 6 June 2008, Lawver severed his employment from AOL and, in turn, departed as system administrator for Ficlets

 

On July 25, 2008 AOL announced it was shedding Xdrive, AOL Pictures, and BlueString to save on costs and focus on its core advertising business add something

 

Tacoda - On July 25, 2008, & AOL announced it was shedding Xdrive, AOL Pictures, and BlueString to save on costs and focus on its core advertising business

 

On October 31, 2008, AOL Hometown and the AOL Journal blog hosting service were eliminated, after first announcing the impending shutdown on September 30, 2008 add something

 

Tacoda - On October 31, 2008, & AOL Hometown and the AOL Journal blog hosting service were eliminated, after first announcing the impending shutdown on September 30, 2008

 

AOL Pictures was terminated on December 31, 2008 add something

 

Tacoda - AOL Pictures was terminated on December 31, 2008


2009

It was closed on January 12, 2009 add something

 

On March 12, 2009, Tim Armstrong, formerly with & Google, was named Chairman and CEO of AOL. Shortly thereafter, on May 28, Time Warner announced that it would spin off AOL as an independent company once Google's shares ceased at the end of the fiscal year add something

 

Tacoda - On March 12, 2009, Tim Armstrong, formerly with & Google, was named Chairman and CEO of & AOL. Shortly thereafter, on May 28, Time Warner announced it would spin off AOL as an independent company once Google's shares ceased at the end of the fiscal year

 

The merger was not fruitful and on May 28, 2009, Time Warner announced that it would spin off AOL into a separate public company add something

 

On June 11, 2009, AOL had already announced the acquisition of Patch Media, a network of community-specific news and information sites that focuses on individual towns and communities add something

 

Tacoda - On June 11, 2009, AOL had already announced the acquisition of Patch Media, a network of community-specific news and information sites which focuses on individual towns and communities

 

Shaka Ponk - Shaka Ponk performed in New York City for the first time October 2009 in the celebrated CMJ Musical Festival and on November 7, AOL chose the track "How We Kill Stars" off the new album "Bad Porn Movie Trax" as the Music Video of the Day. The band released the album in the United States on March 1, 2010

 

On November 23, 2009, AOL unveiled a sneak preview of a new brand identity which has the a wordmark "Aol" superimposed onto canvases created by commissioned artists add something

 

Tacoda - On November 23, 2009, AOL unveiled a sneak preview of a new brand identity which has the wordmark "Aol" superimposed onto canvases created by commissioned artists

 

The new identity, designed by Wolff Olins, was enacted onto all of AOL's services on December 10, 2009, the date AOL traded independently for the first time since the Time Warner merger on the NYSE under the symbol AOL. add something

 

Tacoda - The new identity, designed by Wolff Olins, was enacted onto all of & AOL's services on December 10, 2009, the date AOL traded independently for the first time since the Time Warner merger on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AOL.


2010

Since spinning off from Time Warner in 2010, AOL has made corporate social responsibility an important part of its mission add something

 

HelloWallet - In 2010, it raised additional funds from AOL founder Steve Case, Jean Case, Grotech Ventures, and a group of private individuals

 

Tacoda - Since spinning off from Time Warner in 2010, AOL has made corporate social responsibility an important part of its mission

 

Rude Boy (Rihanna song) - The set included "Russian Roulette" and "Hard", both from "Rated R" On February 2, 2010, Rihanna performed five songs for " & AOL Music Sessions", which were made available to view on the AOL website on February 23, 2010

 

Bebo - On April 7, 2010, AOL announced that it would either sell the website, or shut it down

 

Bebo - On June 16, 2010, AOL sold Bebo to hedge fund operators Criterion Capital Partners

 

Major acquisitions include the purchase of technology news blog TechCrunch in September 2010, and on February 7, 2011, the purchase of The Huffington Post add something

 

The Verge - Animosities between Topolsky and & AOL developed after AOL's September 2010 & TechCrunch acquisition, when TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington made several public remarks disparaging "Engadget" and Topolsky

 

On September 28, 2010, at the San Francisco TechCrunch Disrupt Conference, AOL signed an agreement to acquire TechCrunch to further its overall strategy of providing premier online content add something

 

Tacoda - On September 28, 2010, at the San Francisco & TechCrunch Disrupt Conference, AOL signed an agreement to acquire TechCrunch to further its overall strategy of providing premier online content

 

In December 2010, AIM eliminated access to AOL chat rooms noting a marked decline of patronage in recent months add something

 

Tacoda - In December 2010, $AIM (AOL_Instant_Messenger) eliminated access to AOL chat rooms noting a marked decline of patronage in recent months


2011

AOL Seed - After AOL acquired the Huffington Post in 2011, Seed was no longer core to this strategy

 

Engadget - After their departure from Engadget and AOL in early 2011 newly appoined editor in chief Tim Stevens became the show's host

 

CBS Radio - As of October, 2011, AOL Radio is no longer a part of radio.com, having switched to Slacker Radio

 

GameDaily - In 2011, the GameDaily brand was retired, with its staff and content being merged to Joystiq, another video game website owned by AOL.

 

Engadget - In early 2011, eight of the more prominent editorial and technology staff members left AOL to build a new gadget site with CEO Jim Bankoff at SB Nation

 

Polygon (website) - The history of Polygon can trace back to early 2011, when Christopher Grant, the editor-in-chief of & AOL gaming blog Joystiq, was approached by Vox CEO Jim Bankoff, himself a former AOL executive

 

FanHouse - In January 2011, "Sporting News" announced a partnership with AOL to take over editorial control of FanHouse; the site was merged into that of Sporting News, and eventually discontinued

 

On January 31, 2011, AOL announced the acquisition of European video distribution network, goviral add something

 

Tacoda - On January 31, 2011, AOL announced the acquisition of European video distribution network, goviral

 

On March 10, 2011, AOL announced it would cut around 900 workers in the wake of the Huffington Post deal add something

 

Tacoda - On March 10, 2011, AOL announced it would cut around 900 workers in the wake of the Huffington Post deal

 

Ultimate Fighting Championship - On March 12, 2011, Dana White revealed on AOL to Ariel Helwani that Zuffa, LLC, the parent company of the UFC, had purchased Strikeforce

 

On September 14, 2011, AOL formed a strategic ad selling partnership with two of its largest competitors, Yahoo and Microsoft add something

 

Tacoda - On September 14, 2011, AOL formed a strategic ad selling partnership with two of its largest competitors, Yahoo and Microsoft


2012

HuffPost Live - "Huffington Post" co-founder Arianna Huffington announced plans in February 2012 to launch a "breakthrough project" in a blog post to mark a year since the news website was acquired by AOL

 

On March 15, 2012, AOL announced the acquisition of Hipster, a mobile photo sharing app for an undisclosed amount add something

 

Tacoda - On March 15, 2012, AOL announced the acquisition of Hipster, a mobile photo sharing app for an undisclosed amount

 

In April 2012, AOL took several steps to expand its ability to generate revenue through online video advertising add something

 

Tacoda - In April 2012, AOL took several steps to expand its ability to generate revenue through online video advertising

 

On April 16, 2012, AOL announced that it would offer gross rating point guarantee for online video, guaranteeing audience delivery for online video advertising campaigns bought across its properties add something

 

On April 16, 2012, the Huffington Post won its first Pulitzer Prize, becoming the first online-only daily news website to do so add something

 

On April 24, 2012 the company launched the AOL On network, a single web site for its video output add something

 

Tacoda - On April 24, 2012, the company launched the AOL On network, a single web site for its video output

 

As of October 2012, it serves 2,9 million paid and free domestic subscribers add something


2013

Colin Powell - In 2013, he faced questions about a relationship with a Romanian diplomat, after a hacked AOL email account had been made public

 

Netscape - The Netscape brand is still used, as of 2013, by AOL to market a discount Internet service provider

 

Townsquare Media - The deal came following the abrupt shutdown of the AOL Music division in April 2013

 

Joe Nichols - On April 22, 2013, Nichols' song "Sunny and 75" premiered exclusively online at AOL's The Boot

 

Townsquare Media - In June 2013, Townsquare announced it would acquire a number of websites from AOL, including the music blogs "The Boombox", "The Boot", and "Noisecreep", along with the comic book news site "Comics Alliance"

 

Engadget - Overnight on 15 July 2013, AOL removed Tim Stevens as the editor-in-chief with reasons unclear whether his removal was voluntary or forced, but due to tweets early on on the morning of the 15th, Stevens suggested it was forced

 

In August 2013, Armstrong announced Patch Media would scale back or sell hundreds of its local news sites add something


2014

Hank Azaria - It eventually began in 2014, airing on AOL as an online series titled "Fatherhood"

 

TalkTalk Group - Services are provided under the & AOL Broadband brand, which has been used under licence since Carphone Warehouse bought the ISP. AOL Broadband closed to new business in 2014, although some AOL content is available to TalkTalk customers

 

As of April 2014, it serves 2,4 million paid and free domestic subscribers add something

 

As of November 2014, it serves 2,4 million paid and free domestic subscribers add something


2015

The transaction is planned to complete during the summer of 2015 add something

 

Verizon Communications - On January 5 2015, Verizon was said to have approached AOL about a possible takeover or venture

 

Joystiq - In January 2015, co-owned blog "TechCrunch" reported that AOL was planning to shutter underperforming content properties, particularly in the technology and lifestyle verticals, to focus on its stronger properties, video, and advertising sales

 

Verizon Communications - On January 5, 2015, Verizon was said to have approached AOL about a possible takeover or venture

 

Joystiq - On January 30, 2015, various Joystiq staff members, and eventually the site itself, confirmed that the site, along with its spin-offs "Massively" and "WoW Insider", and fellow AOL property "TUAW", would cease operations after February 3, 2015

 

Joystiq - After declining readership, it was announced that "Joystiq" would be shut down on February 3, 2015, as part of moves to downsize AOL's operations by shuttering its "underperforming" properties

 

On June 29, 2015, AOL announced a deal with Microsoft to take over the majority of its digital advertising business add something

 

Tacoda - Advertising - On June 29, 2015, AOL announced a deal with Microsoft to take over the majority of its digital advertising business

 

On October 23, 2015, AOL completed the acquisition add something


2016

On January 25, 2016, AOL expanded its ONE platform by introducing ://www add something


2017

AOL took the decision to shut down Lifestream on 24 February 2017, and gave users one month's notice to save off photos and videos that had been uploaded to Lifestream add something

 

It comprises a video-chat service, AV by AIM. On December 15, 2017, AOL will discontinue AIM. add something


2018

As of 2018, AOL has the following media brands in its family: add something

 

In April 2018, Oath Inc. sold Moviefone to MoviePass Parent Helios and Matheson Analytics add something


2019

Subsidiary - As of 2019, following media brands became subsidiary of AOL's parent Verizon Media add something