Almost exactly ten years ago I wrote my first rant on this web site entitled “Why AOL Sucks.” It is nice to finally have confirmation of this fact. I’m sure the 5,000 employees losing their jobs would agree with me at this point.
I must admit, however, that AOL’s business model lasted longer than I expected. I never would have believed there were enough people out there who were both computer-illiterate enough and stupid enough to part with $20 a month.
Perhaps this signals the beginning of the end of an empire that was once big enough to fool Time Warner into giving them top billing in their merger. We can only hope.