March 22, 2020
I spent 90 minutes today trying to figure out how to completely, once and for all end my AOL account that I've had for 21 years. (I got it on a disc!)
I finally regained access to my old Blogger Blog, which was really the last hurdle holding me back from canceling AOL. Most everything else has either been closed out or switched over, or is utterly irrelevant.
After an hour and a half of trying to figure out how to do this task, I finally called customer support to be informed that the accounts termination office was closed due to COVID-19.
I kid you not.
I finally got a person though and after about 5 additional minutes I did manage to get the account removed only to discover that I still have an AOL account. A free one for long time customers.
AOL is, on paper, a fine service with a lot of bells and whistles, but I pay one third as much for both Earthlink
combined and we live in a digital age so paper performance is irrelevant. and the 6,000 emails I got since the first of the years will not be missed.
I am now officially living in the 21st century.
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Posted by: J Greely at Sun Mar 22 17:36:50 2020 (ZlYZd)
Guess I'm still in the 20th Century... I've had my AoL e-mail since 1995 or so, and I don't see myself getting rid of it anytime soon. I'm not paying anything for it, so why not?
And it's funny to see the reactions on Reddit when it comes up; too bad I don't remember my prodigy account ID...
Posted by: Wonderduck at Mon Mar 23 00:54:24 2020 (cTMj+)
The 21st Century is turning out to be less than was promised. My advice is to go back to the 20th. The 80s were good, opt for then if you have a choice. Otherwise the late 40s through mid-60s. No internet/Web, but that can be seen as a positive. Not much TV either!
Posted by: jabrwok at Mon Mar 23 16:17:33 2020 (BlRin)
Okay, I'm amazed that AOL is still a thing. E-mail only? If it's free, where does the money come from?
Posted by: Mauser at Tue Mar 24 00:12:43 2020 (Ix1l6)
Ads, of course. And I have no doubt they've sold my information to every company on the planet by now.
Posted by: Wonderduck at Tue Mar 24 16:35:59 2020 (cTMj+)
Ever wonder why Amazon no longer includes full details of your purchases and shipments in email? Because all the "free" services (and quite likely most paid ones) were harvesting them for information to sell.
Posted by: J Greely at Tue Mar 24 19:15:02 2020 (ZlYZd)
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