American web portal and online service provider

AOL Inc. (previously America Online) is a U.S.-based online service provider and Internet service provider. It has been in business since 1985. Important services in the early years were online chat and online games. Most connections were dial-up. In 2001 AOL bought Time Warner. In 2009 after a spin-off from Time Warner they changed their name to AOL Inc. It was announced in May 2015 that Verizon Communications purchased AOL.

AOL Inc.
Company typeSubsidiary
Web search engine
Computer software
Founded1983; 41 years ago (1983) (as Control Video Corporation)
1985; 39 years ago (1985) (as Quantum Computer Services)
1991; 33 years ago (1991) (as America Online)
2009; 15 years ago (2009) (as AOL Inc.)
Headquarters770 Broadway New York City, New York 10003
Area served
Key people
Tim Armstrong
(Chairman and CEO)
Bob Lord
Holly Hess
ServicesOnline services
RevenueIncrease $2.3 billion (FY 2013)[1]
Increase $190.3 million (FY 2013)[1]
Increase $92.4 million (FY 2013)[1]
Total assetsDecrease $2.797 billion (FY 2013)[1]
Total equityDecrease $2.137 billion (FY 2013)[1]
Number of employees
ParentIndependent (1983–2000, 2009-2015)
Time Warner (2000–2009)
Verizon Communications (2015-)

AOL Instant Messenger was a service which allowed users to communicate with any user currently online. AIM had millions of users worldwide. There were also other computer programs that could be used to talk with your AIM account, for example Trillian, Pidgin, Digsby, and AIM+. AIM was shut down on December 15, 2017.[2]

Other AOL products are AOL Spyware Protection, AOL Safety and Security Center, ICQ, AOl Computer Check-Up, AOL Explorer, AOL TopSpeed, AOL Dialer, AOL One-Click Fixes and AOL Openride.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "AOL 2012 Annual Report, Form 10-K, Filing Date March 20, 2012". Archived from the original on July 13, 2015. Retrieved September 30, 2013.
  2. Albers, Michael. "Our Yellow Running Man is Ready to Retire". AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) on Tumblr. Oath Inc. Retrieved October 5, 2017.

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