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AOL Debuts New Features for Social Networking to Compete in Market

Was AOL Your First Internet Service Provider?

Hearing about AOL's new features — mainly social networking stuff like widgets and messaging options — make me nostalgic; I can hear that modem dialing and connecting and feel the exquisite pain of anticipation for those little three words (so ubiquitous it spawned a film).

AOL was my first Internet provider (or rather, my parents') — those free discs in the mail made it hard to resist a trial! Plus, all of my friends had AOL too. Of course, the now-exorbitant rates for dial-up service and time limits seem crazy to me, and most people have moved on to different providers (can you imagine having that speed again? I can't), but AOL will always be my first. Sigh. Was it yours?

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