AOL is born as Quantum Computer Services.
Instant Messenger launches. “You’ve got mail” alert debuts, enters catchphrase pantheon.
Quantum becomes America Online
“There’s an AOL icon on your desktop”
-Los Angeles Times
AOL goes public on NASDAQ
First of many, many CD-ROM mailings
AOL hits 500K members
This piece of concrete was taken from the floor of the first computer room for AOL in Vienna. Poured on December 2, 1993, it’s inscribed with key moments from the early days of the internet and the signatures of pioneering AOLers, including Steve Case.
Yahoo is created by Stanford Electrical Engineering students as Jerry and David’s Guide to the World Wide Web.
Jerry and David’s Guide to the World Wide Web is Yahoo
The domain for yahoo.com was officially created on January 18, 1995.
AOL hits 1 million members
Yahoo hits the NASDAQ with its first IPO
AOL taps 5 million members
AOL goes global
Launching in Germany, France, UK and Canada.
AOL stock now trades on NYSE
Yahoo purchases Four11 for $92 million
“Trying to increase user loyalty, Yahoo! is kicking off Yahoo! Mail, a free email service using Four11’s technology.” – Ad Age
Yahoo’s US audience reaches 25 million users
AOL Buddy List
becomes a part of the Smithsonian’s permanent collection.
The film “You’ve Got Mail” premieres
Talk about product placement.
Yahoo expands its global footprint
Yahoo launches editions in Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Brazil, China and Mexico.
AOL acquires Netscape & Moviefone
MapQuest enters AOL's portfolio
AOL merges with Time Warner
to become the world’s largest media company—the internet bubble pops.
AOL's global membership hits 34.6 million
500B spam messages blocked by AOL in 2003
Two billion spam messages blocked in one day.
AOL acquires Advertising.com
Yahoo acquires photo sharing service Flickr
AOL wins an Emmy Award
Live 8 receives the first-ever Emmy for content broadcast via the web.
A rose by any other name
America Online, Inc. officially becomes AOL LLC.
Yahoo mail celebrates its 10-year anniversary
Tied to the milestone, the company also announces it will offer unlimited email storage this year.
AOL launched and revamped dozens of websites—from general portals such as Music and Sports to specialty sites like Spinner for indie music and StyleList for fashion.
AOL launches 14 iPhone apps, including AIM
AOL's mascot: Running Man
wins a spot on the Advertising Walk of Fame.
AOL spins off from Time Warner
Tim Armstrong takes the reins of AOL as CEO.
AOL to buy TechCrunch
About.me, Pictela and 5min Media
The new Moviefone.com, Cambio, Kitchen Daily and Project Devil interactive ad units, plus Lifestream for PC, iPhone and Android.
AOL to buy Huffington Post
Project Devil Portrait Unit launches, AOL content streams to TV sets via Boxee, Roku and Yahoo Connect platforms
The Huffington Post wins a Pulitzer Prize
AOL is best-performing internet stock of the year
Growth strategy results in AOL’s first revenue growth quarter in eight years.
Devil recognized as IAB standard ad unit
MAKERS, HuffPost Live, AOL On Network and AdLearn Open Platform
Yahoo meets Tumblr
Yahoo acquires blogging platform Tumblr for $1.1b.
Yahoo is once again the top trafficked online property
The July 2013 comScore report reveals Yahoo took the number one spot for the first time since 2011.
AOL On Network offers first slate of AOL original series
AOL to buy Adap.tv
Makers launch on PBS
MAKERS, in collaboration with PBS, announces six new documentaries for 2014.
2 Emmy nominations
AOL scored two nominations in the Outstanding Short Form Variety Series category for two shows: “Making a Scene With James Franco” and “Park Bench with Steve Buscemi.”
TC steals the show on HBO
HBO’s critically acclaimed comedy series “Silicon Valley” prominently features TechCrunch Disrupt.
AOL acquisitions & patents
Convertro, Gravity, and Precision Demand were all acquired this year—and AOL develops a patent for TV attribution.
Yahoo acquires shopping site Polyvore.
Fashion, meet mobile e-commerce.
Verizon acquires AOL
AOL announces partnership with The Players' Tribune
AOL acquires Kanvas
Yahoo inks deal in sale to Verizon
The company will join forces with AOL.
AOL's RYOT acquisition
Makers UK and BUILD UK launch
AOL partnership with NFL/Fox Sports
New York BUILD Studio opens