AOL Tacks Ad to Bottom of E-Mail

As of Tuesday, 34 word advertisements promoting AOL products and services are now being tacked to the bottom of e-mail messages sent from AOL accounts using the internet provider's AOL 9.0 software. E-mails sent through AOL's Webmail service, which is available for free on the company's Web site, have had the ads attached for about eight months, said AOL spokeswoman Anne Bentley. Bentley said the ad is a reminder to people, especially those paying for AOL service, that many products like e-mail are now available for free. She said AOL, a division of Time Warner, received "a smattering of e-mails" complaining about the ads but said the company plans to continue using them, as opposed to subscription fees.

News source: Physorg

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Do users that pay for AOL internet get the ads too? I'd be disgusted if it was any company other than AOL. But it's AOL.

Bentley said the ad is a reminder to people, especially those paying for AOL service, that many products like e-mail are now available for free.

That comment is wrong. Users of AOL paid services are paying for email as part of there contract. Why should it be filled with spam?

The ads are advertisements for AOL's free service. Basically, they act as another way of notifying the customer that they don't have to continue paying for the AOL service if they don't want to.

They've managed to squander every advantage they once had.

What was appealing when they had a lot of propriatery content was the community. People who were always in the same chat rooms or message boards. People will pay to stay on with a good community. They proceeded to gut the message boards and rebuild them so many times that nobody could find or work them. People picked up shop and started their own boards in replacement, and then there's little reason to keep paying for no features.

It is a pain getting messages from AOL people. I'm on a listserv and many users on it are AOLers and the listserv kills html, sends it as text. Those ads kluge up their messages at the bottom with about 4 lines of garbage added right on the end of their message, no space between.

Right from the very beginning, Aol was only the internet access for clueless morons, and stuff like this only further underlines it - only clueless morons let such stuff happen to themselves. People with at least half a clue don't use Aolin the first place.

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