Sunday, December 02, 2018

20 Years Ago on Dec. 2, 1998 -- Spy on Your Neighbors?

December 2, 1998: We led with a generic holiday shopping promo, but look at the first text promo: It's for Hometown AOL, AOL's web page creation product, and reads "Spy on Your Neighbors: Visit people's pages in Hometown AOL."

Kind of an odd angle to take a personal web page builder, but whatever, I'm sure I had a reason.

Anyway, hat promo lasted until mid-morning, when (I think) our boss noticed and we changed it to the more benign "Go Visit Your Neighbors." 

[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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