CompuServe has avoided the fate of Genie and Delphi, other old-timers in the field that have all but disappeared, and has done much better than rival Prodigy. But AOL has made huge inroads, and the Internet is a major threat.
I remember the good ol' days when I signed up for a free AOL account so I could have a dial-up commection on a business trip. After the drawn out hoops needed to jump through to cancel it afterwards...
I actually signed up for a regular AOL account years later (free- no dialup access needed :) ) to help troubleshoot and do QC for e-mail campaigns (the client I worked for had a large number of AOL subscribers to their mailing list).
I should logon someday and check the amount of spam that's been caught recently.
i was an MSN man. i still have some of their CDs lying around does anyone remember "cool site of the day"? i just had a look and i cant believe it's still going. it's a bit like the wayback machine, you can look through the sites they picked way back in 1995 — twenty years ago. (has it really been that long?)
After the drawn out hoops needed to jump through to cancel it afterwards...
Hey, I remember that. The customer-service guy said their computers were down so they wouldn't be able to process cancellation requests* right away. (Query: Did anyone, anywhere, ever actually believe this?!)
Remember when AOL would get overloaded and put up a message saying they're too busy to process your request... even if your request was an attempt to log off? :)
Some years back I mournfully had to throw away four drawers of floppy disks. (Yes, lockable drawers especially made to hold 3.5" floppies and nothing else.) That's after calling the computer store to ask if they could be used for anything. I don't think they could even be recycled.
* Tip: When a service asks why you're cancelling, "Because I'm on a fixed income" is good for shutting them up right away.