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AOL Reports First Drop in Subscribers
AP ^ | February 3, 2003 | JIM KRANE

Posted on 02/03/2003 1:58:34 PM PST by Indy Pendance

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1 posted on 02/03/2003 1:58:34 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: Indy Pendance
When you factor in that tons of their customers are just people who are using the free 1500 hours that they got on a CD that was mailed to them and have no intention of ever paying AOL anything, then the numbers are even worse.
2 posted on 02/03/2003 2:06:14 PM PST by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: Indy Pendance
If any FReeper still has an AOL account, I'd urge them to drop it right now and contract with an ISP Company which supports America.

I tell everybody I meet that has an AOL account that AOL is owned and run by a group of scumbag American-hating LIEberal/Socialist/Marxist Bastards who are intent on destroying the US Constitution and transforming America into a Third World bannana republic.

GET OUT OF AOL, FREEPERS! THEY HATE WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU STAND FOR!

I'll feel sorry for the employees who will lose their jobs when AOL shuts down, but I sure as Hell will not feel sorry for the management and owners. They sowed it, and they are going to reap it.

3 posted on 02/03/2003 2:12:44 PM PST by Taxman
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To: Indy Pendance
AOL software has always been dreadful. They never fix the bugs, because they are too busy figuring out ways to squeeze in more ads and more junk.

IMHO AOL8 is especially useless.
4 posted on 02/03/2003 2:13:29 PM PST by Cicero
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To: Taxman
I tried aol once, version 1 or something. That was before they stuffed the disks in cereal boxes.
5 posted on 02/03/2003 2:17:21 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: Indy Pendance
I left 'em.
6 posted on 02/03/2003 2:20:58 PM PST by RAT Patrol
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To: Taxman
There is someone out there using AOL? That is one stock I would dump.
7 posted on 02/03/2003 2:23:14 PM PST by mlmr
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To: Indy Pendance
LOL. Toss up between AOL and Compuserve? I knew the comapny was in trouble when they hired that guy with the beard. What was HE hiding?
8 posted on 02/03/2003 2:29:00 PM PST by ffusco (sempre ragione)
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To: Indy Pendance

99 BILLION Dollars.

9 posted on 02/03/2003 2:29:40 PM PST by NC Conservative
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To: Indy Pendance
Keeping AOL for the email address? I'm sorry, but when I see an AOL email address, I think "dummy."
10 posted on 02/03/2003 2:32:05 PM PST by Dog Gone
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I do want to jettison AOL - could I ask for your advice? Where do you suggest getting internet service instead? I'd like to pay less per month but still have unlimited use. Also, I have my AOL email name used everywhere, so it will be a pain to get a new email. Frreper advice is welcome. Thanks!
11 posted on 02/03/2003 2:32:11 PM PST by over3Owithabrain
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I left them too, three years ago. I migrated to Earthlink dial up and then on to SBC ADSL. ba bye
12 posted on 02/03/2003 2:40:13 PM PST by UB355
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To: over3Owithabrain
Changing e-mail is a pain, but you can do it. Keep both services active together for two or three months and do a gradual notification and changeover. You probably will find out as I did that a large number of e-mail addys in your address book are not used anyway.
13 posted on 02/03/2003 2:43:41 PM PST by UB355
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To: Dog Gone
I'm sorry, but when I see an AOL email address, I think "dummy."

Believe it or not, I have actually seen businesses using AOL. Boy, doesn't that give a bad impression!!

14 posted on 02/03/2003 2:48:53 PM PST by Fresh Wind (Visualize the Clintons in jail)
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Changing e-mail is a pain, but you can do it.

It has one huge side benefit. No more spam.

15 posted on 02/03/2003 2:53:58 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: over3Owithabrain
Well, we use Earthlink. I have not seen Earthlink connected with any LIEberal/Socialist/Marxist causes.

There are others -- I think the NRA sponsors a USP, and I have seen others, but I generally ignore them because I have a service I like.
16 posted on 02/03/2003 3:03:11 PM PST by Taxman
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Dump the service and the stock.
17 posted on 02/03/2003 3:03:37 PM PST by Taxman
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To: over3Owithabrain
do want to jettison AOL - could I ask for your advice? Where do you suggest getting internet service instead? I'd like to pay less per month but still have unlimited use. Also, I have my AOL email name used everywhere, so it will be a pain to get a new email. Frreper advice is welcome. Thanks!

Check your phone book for internet providers. Pick one you like and give them a try. Ask your neighbors and friends which local provider they use. Avoid the super cheap guys. $19.95 to $25.95 is about normal. That allows you 10 megs for your own web site, too.

E-mail isn't hard to change, when you get the new account, just mail everybody in your AOL address book telling them your new address and then cancel your AOL account.

The new ISP should be able to walk you through all your browser setting on the phone.

You'll never regret losing AOL.

18 posted on 02/03/2003 3:04:57 PM PST by hattend
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To: Indy Pendance
The disks don't even make good skeet!
19 posted on 02/03/2003 3:05:09 PM PST by Taxman
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I predicted this in other threads recently. I stated that AOL subscribership had plateued and that it would soon begin to drop. This is just the beginning. It's all downhill from here for AOL.

AOL was in the right place at the right time with the right marketing strategy (saturate America with hundreds of millions of free installation discs). Installing AOL was brainless. You just popped in the free disc and you were walked through the entire process. AOL would force you to give them a credit number to bill so they never had much of an accounts receivable problem. The $19.95 a month (or whatever plan you had) was automatically taken off your card each and every month. And good luck trying to get them to stop if you wanted to take your ISP business somewhere else. So most people didn't go through the bother, they just shrugged and stayed with the inferior, clunky, ad-filled AOL interface. Most of them didn't know that it was any better anywhere else.

AOL also had some ingenious ways to hook people into staying loyal to them. The AOL "buddylist" is one of them. Most people thought that if they left AOL, they would no longer be able to use it (in fact, you can load the AOL buddylist as a third-party app with any ISP service).

So AOL built a huge subscription base of some 35 million users guaranteeing nearly $85 billion a year in revenues (based on an average $20 monthly service plan). Wall Street was impressed. AOL stock soared to incredible heights.

But the bottom line was that AOL was a very poor online service. Instead of investing some of their revenues in making the AOL experience better for their paying customers, AOL dreamed up more revenue streams, piling more and more ads into their interface and making it difficult for their users to send e-mail attachments (while slamming them with tons of spam mail).

When broadband began to take the country by storm, AOL resisted. Dial-up access was much more profitable to AOL as they were riding the telcom backbone practically for free and didn't have much overhead. If they ran out of nodes at their POP, they'd just bump people offline instead of buying more modems. AOL figured they'd keep their customer base dumbed down and thus reap many more years of dial-up profits.

Well this hasn't gone reported all that much but broadband internet, especially through cable modem, has absolutely exploded throughout the country. And AOL is very quickly being left in the dust. They are scrambling to get on the broadband train but it appears that train has already left the station. What we are about to see is the implosion of AOL. Five years from now, there will be nobody on AOL but old grannies.

20 posted on 02/03/2003 3:05:30 PM PST by SamAdams76 ('Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens')
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