1985

Startup

AOL is born as Quantum Computer Services.

1989

Ping!

Instant Messenger launches. “You’ve got mail” alert debuts, enters catchphrase pantheon.

1991

Quantum becomes America Online

“There’s an AOL icon on your desktop”

-Los Angeles Times

2004

AOL acquires Advertising.com

2006

A rose by any other name

America Online, Inc. officially becomes AOL LLC.