dominant online service of the late 1990s, initialism of America Online, company name from late 1989.
Contemporary Examples

One top agent notes the last huge merger in the entertainment world that he can remember was between Time Warner and aol.
Hollywood’s Coming Culture Clash Kim Masters March 24, 2009

We saw aol dropping in 2002 until eventually they weren’t differentiated enough to even care about.
Walmart’s Goodwill Tour: We Love Our Workers and America, Too Winston Ross June 28, 2013

At aol, it was the equivalent of the “circulation” and “marketing” departments that ran the company.
Why the AOL-Time Warner Merger Was a Good Idea Larry Kramer May 3, 2009

Customers that wanted to leave aol found out that canceling the monthly fee was a headache.
Is Google the Next AOL? Peter Osnos April 13, 2009

He mentions advertising sales executive Jim Norton, who followed Armstrong from Google and now is running aol.
Is Tim Armstrong the Lazarus of Aol.? Lloyd Grove December 22, 2013

Its competitors at the time were the now-forgotten Lycos and Excite, not to mention the gorilla of its day, aol.
Onetime Internet Darling Yahoo Now on a Deathwatch Zachary Karabell January 4, 2012

Media venture capitalist Alan Patricof, of the Greycroft fund, says he earned six times his investment from the aol deal.
Arianna Huffington’s Quiet Partner Lloyd Grove February 13, 2011

They were sidetracked trying to figure out how to make Time Warner media assets exclusive to aol and hold up subscriptions.
Crunch Time for Time Warner Lloyd Grove November 4, 2009

Now, while her name will remain atop the division she heads, aol’s “Huffington Post Media Group,” she’s just an employee.
AOL Buys Huffington Post: Arianna Cashes Out Randall Lane February 6, 2011

Joel Keller is the editor-in-chief of the aol blog TV Squad.
Will TV Slay Joss Whedon? Joel Keller January 27, 2009

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