Friday, November 30, 2018

20 Years Ago on Nov. 30, 1998 -- Fitness Plans, PCs, & DVDs, and a Micro-Christmas Tree

November 30, 1998: The promos are pretty prosaic (although what the hell does "High DVDends" mean?); you can see in first page preview we're continuing to promote the Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan (remember her?) product placement movie You've Got Mail, which would open in a few weeks:
In the mid-day update, you can see a few perfectly reasonable and not at all capricious changes below the fold:
  • In the AOL NetFind column, we moved Personal Home Pages down in favor of Yellow Pages; the first text link listing is still "Search the Web," directly below the functional search box argh
  • In the Shopping column, we changed the mini-turkey to a mini-Christmas tree—though at that size, it could have been anything
  • And in the Free Products column, the AIM 2.0 Beta is now an AIM 2.0 Preview
[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the 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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