I talked with Joe Schober, the longest-running employee at AOL and its current chief architect.
Windows 3.1 was released, making personal computers both more affordable and easier to use.
And, despite our memories of the slow-dialing modems of the ’90s, connecting to the World Wide Web was faster than ever at the time.
(MORE: AOL’s Thoroughly Modern AIM) Then in the 2000s, the rise of DSL and cable modems made paying AOL a monthly fee for Internet access seem increasingly unnecessary.
Friendster launched in 2002, Myspace in 2003 and Facebook in 2004.
That’s what Parker was getting at when he talked about the “spontaneity to the Internet” during the Airtime launch.