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    Breaking news - Yahoo Buys AOL?
    All of AOL will likely be acquired for between $8 billion and $10 billion.
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    AOL?
    Are they still around???

    Seriously, it's like a company that lost it's direction buying a totally L-O-S-T company..

    I would try to tap into their one used to be huge dial up customer base, or provide something of value to keep the bleeding AOL customers from jumping boat

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    Jerry Wang is an IDIOT

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    Exactly WHAT is left of AOL that is worth buying?

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    What AOL has is Buy.at which would throw yahoo a nice affiliate network
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    Quote Originally Posted by nyfalcon
    What AOL has is Buy.at which would throw yahoo a nice affiliate network
    With G buying Performics, we should have seen this coming.
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    It also shows you that CJ has become an also ran
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    I was surprised recently while testing a market to find myself getting hits from AOL and not Google.

    Then I thought about it.

    There are lots of elderly folk, who have some money, aren't computer literate, but want to use the internet.

    They are more likely go with AOL than some ISP, I would think.

    And there are some very lucrative markets there.

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    AOL sure gets passed around and sold a lot ... "slut of the Internet." LOL

    As silly as AOL is to us, it's still HUGE for the consumer. Many people who got those "free XXX amount of hours" discs with their new computer are lost without AOL which has so many propriatary issues it makes it difficult for the average Internet user to figure out how anything else works outside of AOL once they've become accustomed to navigating the WWW using AOL software.
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    they don't even send out those xxx hour disc anymore. Why would they AOL Service is FREE unless you use Dial up and who uses that anymore?

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    Here is Jerry Wang thinking of something more...
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    Quote Originally Posted by HardwareGeek
    they don't even send out those xxx hour disc anymore. Why would they AOL Service is FREE unless you use Dial up and who uses that anymore?
    I have heard in a resent report 20% of the population still use dailup.

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    with the market tanking, how stupid does Y look for turning down M's earlier offer... shareholders are going to be tweaked that he's now spent a nice chunk of their cash on AOL... growing larger through acquiring other ineffectively monetized search engines / portals isn't the solution, operating more effectively is.

    Y and i have something in common now though... our panama dreams remain unfulfilled...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kse
    I have heard in a resent report 20% of the population still use dailup.
    and they all resent their dial up's speed...

    :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by nakedgamer
    Exactly WHAT is left of AOL that is worth buying?
    Oh, just the largest advertising network on the internet (Platform-A)... http://www.clickz.com/showPage.html?page=3631129 . Yahoo's display advertising networks already surpass Google's reach in that area, but lag behind AOL for 1st place. Combine Yahoo, Platform-A, and AOL Media, and you've got an untouchable 1st position.

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    This should make MSFT come back to YHOO again

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rexanne
    AOL sure gets passed around and sold a lot ... "slut of the Internet." LOL
    well, I always considered their heavy program of chat rooms a dating service . . .

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    My wife uses AOL and wouldn't try anything else. We don't pay for it anymore but is installed on both computers. They still have a big user base and back when it was viable it converted like crazy.

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    I joined AOL when it came bundled with a Windows-like GUI called Geoworks. AOL was wonderful compared to the bulletin board systems of the day. I was a charter member of AOL and paid a discounted charter rate. Toward the end before broadband I was running three pooled dialup connections full time that tripled the speed. I never did use their interface but used them like a regular ISP. AOL provided an invaluable service in it's day but alas, the users and the industry outgrew them.



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    Geoworks actually worked better than Windows when it came out.

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    Yep. It was a solid piece of software. I just felt it was a little limited in configurability.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Hamrick
    My wife uses AOL and wouldn't try anything else. We don't pay for it anymore but is installed on both computers. They still have a big user base and back when it was viable it converted like crazy.
    Good point Chuck. I too have noticed that an awful lot of every day people still have AOL, (my wife and several of our friends too) and for some inexplicable reason, AOL users DO provide a higher than usual conversion percentage for our programs.
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    and of that 20% how many are on AOL?

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    Well I don't know are in AOL. Yahoo is enlarging

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    Quote Originally Posted by HardwareGeek
    and of that 20% how many are on AOL?
    Been with AOL since the get-go. I had a school-provided connection at home but used AOL "on the road" before hotels/motels had any kind of connection. I found I had a toll-free phone connection wherever we traveled. There were only two times over the years I had to pay for their "800" number dial-up - and did so just to check email. I never used their browser, but still have many people (both professional and personal) reach me via AOL email (and it works great on my iPhone).

    Of course, now I don't even have a modem on my computers and go broadband all the way.
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