A Brief Chat History of AOL's Rise, Fall and Re-Birth

AOL, the gateway to the 'old' Internet, stunned the social media world it completely missed out on by announcing plans to be acquired by Verizon for $4.4 billion.
The deal amount is at once staggeringly small for AOL — a company that once had a market cap of $222 billion at its peak in 1999 — and also staggeringly large for a business that many consider a relic of another era.
It succeeded — or at least it succeeded enough for Verizon to commit billions for what is essentially being billed as a deal for advertising technology.