I’ve just been ported over to AOL email since Verizon dumped its “free” email that was part of its FiOS service.
I guess it was just a matter of time that some MBA at corporate HQ would decide to toss a key element of the FiOS service. I’m sure he or she will enjoy their bonus and be long gone to a nicer plum job on Wall Street when the consequences present themselves.
So Verizon offered us the chance to port our addresses to Verizon’s AOL property.
After a few encounters with the AOL email GUI, I can see why it basically went out of business at the turn of the century.
I felt like I had time-tripped back 2000. It’s clunky, boring and only supports one open message at a time. That means that you might be typing an email and need to look at another one for a detail or to answer when it arrives but you can’t. You’ll have to save a draft, open the other one, close it and then open the draft.
Tabbed email? Or is that too post-2010 for AOL (and now Verizon)?
More annoying is the slow-motion action. I felt like I was typing back in the days of dial-up – type, type, type, type, wait… wait… wait for the client to catch up. I’m not the fastest typist out there yet I encountered lag in every sentence.
Some of that is the “ad-supported” nature of AOL – it’s too busy loading ads and various verifiers, cookie tools and sniffers to actually serve the user but some seems to come from the craptastic design.
Then there’s the AOL homepage, which the user is subject to when arriving at AOL; you can’t directly go into mail. It’s the usual load of Trump-bashing, liberal politicking and propaganda, culture warfare, virtue signaling, celebrity babble, women’s items and gossip, bushels of programmatic crapvertising, etc.
It’s all just like Yahoo!, which, ironically, Verizon is wasting money on in an acquisition. Wonder how Verizon will handle Yahoo!’s vast email empire?