Saturday, January 05, 2019

20 Years Ago on Jan. 5, 1999 -- Introducing Two-a-Day Updates, Plus U.S. vs. Iraq Dogfight

January 5, 1999: The lead promo features a family skiing stock photo for a vacation travel promo, while the first text promo still targets new 'net users, and the second text promo has a pretty damn cryptic promo for online book shopping.

More importantly, with the real start of the New Year, we started doing regular two-a-day promo block updates: As before, the new day's content went live at 3AM ET:

Then, we'd push a late afternoon/early evening update to get us into primetime, usually with an Entertainment focus (like the Lauryn Hill and Grammy feature).

Also, the My News headline captured here is "U.S., Iraqi Planes in Dogfight," referencing a confrontation in the southern no-fly zone:
[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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