Monday, November 11, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Nov. 11, 1999 -- Build a Nest Egg; Find Love

November 11, 1999: We didn't do a Veterans Day lead feature (you could do that pre-9/11), though you'll see a headline in the PM block. Instead, for the AM, we looked forward to retirement with a 401k calculator and retirement planning:
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For the PM update, we went back to kissy-face stock photo white couple #2; the My News headline covers President Clinton and Veterans Day:
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[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com home page, which relaunched with a new design on July 14, 1998. I printed screencaps and saved them. 20 years later, I'm scanning them in and posting them with a little commentary under the tag #20YearsAgoOnAOLcom.]

Sunday, November 10, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Nov. 10, 1999 -- Celine Dion & Frank Sinatra

November 10, 1999: We spent the entire day with the web premiere of Celine Dion's greatest hits album, All the Way... A Decade of Song, which included a virtual duet with Frank Sinatra:
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For the PM update, we stayed with Celine and a new photo:
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[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com home page, which relaunched with a new design on July 14, 1998. I printed screencaps and saved them. 20 years later, I'm scanning them in and posting them with a little commentary under the tag #20YearsAgoOnAOLcom.]

Saturday, November 09, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Nov. 9, 1999 -- Free Web Chat; Your Family Tree

November 9, 1999: We went with AIM 3.0 and Free Web Chat. Not much more to say. In the My News headlines, we see that the EgyptAir flight recorder was found:
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For the PM update, we went with a retro genealogy photo:
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[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com home page, which relaunched with a new design on July 14, 1998. I printed screencaps and saved them. 20 years later, I'm scanning them in and posting them with a little commentary under the tag #20YearsAgoOnAOLcom.]

Friday, November 08, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Nov. 8, 1999 -- Stop Losing Cash; Plan Travel Now

November 8, 1999: We started off Monday with cash raining from the sky; while "Stop Losing Cash" is a good, anxiety-inducing headline, though I'm not sure exactly what it means:
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For the PM update, we went back to travel bargains, with yet another blue plane:
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[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com home page, which relaunched with a new design on July 14, 1998. I printed screencaps and saved them. 20 years later, I'm scanning them in and posting them with a little commentary under the tag #20YearsAgoOnAOLcom.]

Thursday, November 07, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Nov. 7, 1999 -- Sports Roundup (Who's that QB?)

November 7, 1999: Another Sunday, another football promo. I have to admit my knowledge of 1999 quarterbacks is lacking -- can anyone tell me who it is?
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[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com home page, which relaunched with a new design on July 14, 1998. I printed screencaps and saved them. 20 years later, I'm scanning them in and posting them with a little commentary under the tag #20YearsAgoOnAOLcom.]

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Nov. 6, 1999 -- Saturday Love

November 6, 1999: For Saturday, we went with more stock photo kissy face:
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[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com home page, which relaunched with a new design on July 14, 1998. I printed screencaps and saved them. 20 years later, I'm scanning them in and posting them with a little commentary under the tag #20YearsAgoOnAOLcom.]

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Nov. 5, 1999 -- Weekend Fun With a Different "Bachelor"; Download Lara Croft

November 5, 1999: We headed into the weekend with The Bachelor--a movie, not related to any reality TV show--featuring a post-Batman & Robin, pre-NCIS Chris O'Donnell:
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For the PM update, we went once again to the Lara Croft well:
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[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com home page, which relaunched with a new design on July 14, 1998. I printed screencaps and saved them. 20 years later, I'm scanning them in and posting them with a little commentary under the tag #20YearsAgoOnAOLcom.]

Monday, November 04, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Nov. 4, 1999 -- Buy a New Home; Easy Shopping

November 4, 1999: Thursday started with homebuying, though the My News headline references a roaming gunman who put Seattle on edge:
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For the PM update, we went with a super-generic shopping promo, with one notable item: I'm not sure what a Y2K Catalog was, though I think it was more along the lines Year 2000 novelty sunglasses and not survivalist gear:
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[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com home page, which relaunched with a new design on July 14, 1998. I printed screencaps and saved them. 20 years later, I'm scanning them in and posting them with a little commentary under the tag #20YearsAgoOnAOLcom.]

Sunday, November 03, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Nov. 3, 1999 -- Airfare Sale Ends Today; Pokemon and Pikachu


November 3, 1999: So we don't have the full context of the page, but apparently yesterday's Xerox murders didn't even rate a top promo treatment. Instead, we went back to airfare sales (the first travel promo since the EgyptAir crash a few days before):1999_11_03
For the PM update, we kept the red color scheme and went again with Pokemon (we didn't bother with any accent marks); of the Pokemon promos we'd done (and there weren't that many), I don't think we used any Pokemon other than Pikachu:
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[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com home page, which relaunched with a new design on July 14, 1998. I printed screencaps and saved them. 20 years later, I'm scanning them in and posting them with a little commentary under the tag #20YearsAgoOnAOLcom.]

Saturday, November 02, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Nov. 2, 1999 -- Pick Stocks; New Music; Xerox Shooting

November 2 1999: For the morning lineup, we went green for picking stocks, finding top mutual funds, and tracking the stock market. (Remember, we were inside a still-expanding bubble and had just announced a 2-for-1 stock split, so the market was on all our minds.)
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For the PM update, we went with new music, leading with Mariah Carey and the release of Rainbow; we also referenced Jewel clips and photos. In the My News headlines, we also referenced a mass shooting at a Xerox Corporation building in Hawaii:
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It was also Election Day, though it was an off-year one so it wasn't a big deal.

[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com home page, which relaunched with a new design on July 14, 1998. I printed screencaps and saved them. 20 years later, I'm scanning them in and posting them with a little commentary under the tag #20YearsAgoOnAOLcom.]

Friday, November 01, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Nov. 1, 1999 -- EgyptAir Flight 990 Crash; Find a New Job

November 1, 1999: We started November with continuing coverage of the EgyptAir Flight 990 crash (once again, I only have a partial preview of the home page):
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For the PM update, we inexplicably continued using the same red color scheme, only repurposed for a generic Find A New Job promo:
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[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com home page, which relaunched with a new design on July 14, 1998. I printed screencaps and saved them. 20 years later, I'm scanning them in and posting them with a little commentary under the tag #20YearsAgoOnAOLcom.]

Thursday, October 31, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Oct. 31, 1999 -- Halloween Is Here; EgyptAir Crash

October 31, 1999: For Halloween Sunday, we continued with a package featuring horror movies, games, and chats.
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That would have been the extent of it, except that we saw the real world intruding as we learned about the crash of EgyptAir Flight 990 in international waters off the US East Coast:
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[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com home page, which relaunched with a new design on July 14, 1998. I printed screencaps and saved them. 20 years later, I'm scanning them in and posting them with a little commentary under the tag #20YearsAgoOnAOLcom.]

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Oct. 30, 1999 -- Halloween Eve

October 30, 1999: More stock art for a pre-Halloween package. I think "Haunted Houses" would have been an AOL Local/Digital Cities feature, whose content was universally narrow and shallow:
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[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com home page, which relaunched with a new design on July 14, 1998. I printed screencaps and saved them. 20 years later, I'm scanning them in and posting them with a little commentary under the tag #20YearsAgoOnAOLcom.]

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Oct. 29, 1999 -- Tricks and Treats; "House on Haunted Hill"

October 29, 1999: For the Friday before Halloween (which was Sunday), we started off with a generic Halloween promo; we also see a Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire:
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For the PM update, we went with a photo of Famke Janssen from the 1999 version of House on Haunted Hill; also, we see that the Dow ended up, with the Nasdaq hitting a new high:
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[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com home page, which relaunched with a new design on July 14, 1998. I printed screencaps and saved them. 20 years later, I'm scanning them in and posting them with a little commentary under the tag #20YearsAgoOnAOLcom.]

Monday, October 28, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Oct. 28, 1999 -- PC Buying Guide; Love@AOL Personals; AOL Stock Split

October 28, 1999: Nothing too special, leading with a fairly colorful PC shopping promo up top:
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For the PM update, we went once again with that weird rose-tinted Love@AOL promo; if you look down in the corporate links section, you see that AOL announced a 2-for-1 stock split. That definitely made the employees happy:
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[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com home page, which relaunched with a new design on July 14, 1998. I printed screencaps and saved them. 20 years later, I'm scanning them in and posting them with a little commentary under the tag #20YearsAgoOnAOLcom.]