dominant online service of the late 1990s, initialism of America Online, company name from late 1989.
Examples from the Web for aol
The crowd is an assortment of reporters, posse members, film students, and very skittish men sporting huge AOL headphones.James and the Giant Internet Company: Franco and AOL Get Kissy Faces|Amy Zimmerman|September 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
AOL discontinuing service that allowed people to get movie listings and buy tickets with a call on a phone.Up to a Point: P.J. O’Rourke on Ukraine, Craps & the Fed|P. J. O’Rourke|February 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
My login is my junior-high AOL screen name, which I always told people came from a nickname on the basketball team.
As AOL evolved, this ethos of personalization began to permeate the entire user experience.
But on AOL, it was like you were in a place, moving from room to room and running into friends.