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Do you still use AOL?

Asked by filmfann (40260 points ) September 29th, 2010

I am quite computer literate. When friends or family have a computer issue, I often help them get things working again.
I have several email addresses on different sites, but the one I always use for the everyday email is AOL. My friends think this is childish, but it is the easiest and most convienient, and I hate announcing to everyone a different email address, not to mention changing website information where people can contact me.
Do you still use AOL and why?

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marinelife's avatar

I do not, but I have a friend and work colleague who swears by AOL and still uses an AOL email address.

JilltheTooth's avatar

Your friends think it’s “childish”??? Why on earth would your friends think your email provider is childish? BTW, I use AOL email, too…

Mikewlf337's avatar

I use to love aol but now its become a wasteland and the chatrooms are full of bots, rude people, and people with fake pics and profiles. If some woman has a ton of super hot pics of herself then it’s a sure bet that she is not real.

erichw1504's avatar

I haven’t for at least 8 years now. Once I moved away from them providing my internet connection, I also moved away from their email. I got a Yahoo! Maill account and now I also have a Gmail account, which I love.

chyna's avatar

I do because it is the one I first started with and I hate change. I do have a couple of others for other things, such as ordering things, but my main email for business is AOL. And sometimes it’s the only other voice I hear in my house: “you’ve got mail”. :-)

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Stopped using AOL fifteen years ago, used CompuServe before that.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

I still use AOL. Not for much, but I’ve had the same email address there for 15 years… I guess it is a force of habit.

Cupcake's avatar

I stopped using AOL in the 90s.

Aesthetic_Mess's avatar

I have an AOL account still. I use it because I like the format of it.

Cruiser's avatar

I use it for pretty much the same reason(s) as it is familiar and very easy to use plus I am just too damn lazy to convert all the saved addys to my other e-mail. My AOL account is pretty much for just friends and family which alone is worth keeping the email addy.

erichw1504's avatar

Do you still use a dial-up modem?

“REEEEEEEE-EERRRRRR-CFFFF-BEEEEEP-RAAUAUNNNNN!!!!!”

Aster's avatar

No; don’t think I ever have used AOL.

CMaz's avatar

Or how about CompuServe.

Talk about the way back machine. I am surprised they both still exist.

jaytkay's avatar

Hotmail addresses had a stigma like that, but today some of my most tech-savvy friends use it because they were early adopters – they figured out early that it would be cool to have a free email address which wouldn’t change if they switched Internet providers. This was pre-Gmail and maybe even pre-Yahoo mail.

Seek's avatar

My husband still uses the AOL browser. He’s starting to realize that Google Chrome is a better option (mostly because Myspace has stopped supporting AOL. Yes, he’s still using Myspace, too.), but he’s had the same email address for well over ten years, so I think AOL will shut down entirely before he changes emails.

jaytkay's avatar

If you have a 15-year-old AOL email address, is it now free? Back in the day AOL was $15 or $19 US per month, IIRC

chyna's avatar

It’s free now.

downtide's avatar

My internet provider is AOL, because where I live, they are apparently the only ISP in the UK capable of providing me with any kind of broadband at all. Everyone else said that dial-up was the best we could hope for. I’ve been with them over 4 years now, their customer support is second to none and every year they drop the price another 25% so I’m pretty satisfied with them.

However I don’t use their proprietary browser (I ditched that after the first week) and I very rarely use the email address – so infrequently I can’t actually remember the password any more, and not bothered enough to go through the password-reset procedure.

My everyday email provider is GMX – I don’t know if they’re available in the US yet; they started off as a German provider and they’ve been spreading out over the rest of Europe.

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