AOL was one of the early pioneers of the Internet in the mid-1990s, and the most recognized brand on the web in the United States.
AOL offered the first real-time homework help service (the Teacher Pager—1990; prior to this, AOL provided homework help bulletin boards), the first service by children, for children (Kids Only Online, 1991), the first online service for parents (the Parents Information Network, 1991), the first online courses (1988), the first omnibus service for teachers (the Teachers' Information Network, 1990), the first online exhibit (Library of Congress, 1991), the first parental controls, and many other online education firsts.
During this time, AOL connections would be flooded with users trying to get on, and many canceled their accounts due to constant busy signals.
The service was different from other online services as it used the computing power of the Commodore 64 and the Apple II rather than just a "dumb" terminal.
It passed tokens back and forth and provided a fixed price service tailored for home users.
A commercial featuring Steve Case telling people AOL was working day and night to fix the problem was made.
Within three years, AOL's user base grew to 10 million people.In 1995 AOL was headquartered at 8619 Westwood Center Drive in the Tysons Corner CDP in unincorporated Fairfax County, Virginia, During this time, AOL's content channels, under Jason Seiken, including News, Sports, and Entertainment, experienced their greatest growth as AOL become the dominant online service internationally with more than 34 million subscribers.In November 1998, AOL announced it would acquire Netscape.In May 1988, Quantum and Apple launched Apple Link Personal Edition for Apple II and Macintosh computers.In August 1988, Quantum launched PC Link, a service for IBM-compatible PCs developed in a joint venture with the Tandy Corporation.At the height of its popularity, it purchased the media conglomerate Time Warner in the largest merger in U. AOL was eventually spun off from Time Warner in 2009, with Tim Armstrong appointed the new CEO.