Tuesday, November 20, 2018

20 Years Ago on AOL.com: Nov. 20, 1998 -- Gettin' Buggy With It (ugh)

November 20, 1998: We'd featured Antz in October, and followed it up with fall 1998's other animated insect movie, A Bug's Life.

The headline of course is a very unsubtle reference to Will Smith's "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It," which had only been out a year at that point.

The other text promos were for the rockin' features of AOL 4.0, as well as a notional mall-hating Santa shopping on the Web. You can see that the top layout is a little off, because the graphic promo's text headline runs to five lines instead of four. We published a mid-day update to fix it:

We cut out the article "the," restoring order to the top block. In the right column, you can see a scribble that notes how we finally fixed the duplicative AIM and AIM 2.0 Beta links:
[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.]

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