My first memory of the internet was America Online…aka AOL. I remember sitting at the computer with my older sister, both of us completely mesmerized the first time we heard the terrible screeching dial up tone, and waited for the screen to update as to what step it was on. Once connected, AOL was what I thought the internet was. To this day, whenever people talk about the beginning of the internet, I always think of this pivotal moment I shared with my sister. I remember only begin in 2nd grade when we got AOL and I though it was the greatest thing ever. All the different colors, the fact that you could instant message your friends and of course the longer your buddy list, the cooler you were. In addition to the first real “text messages” and instant messages, AOL provided me with my first experience of email. Although it sounds cheesy, but AOL really played a huge role in introducing technology and the internet into my life. So when I went on to the New York Times and read that AOL isn’t doing so great, my heart sank a little. Although I no longer use my AOL email (it mysteriously disappeared one day, along with my Facebook and Twitter account), I actually felt sorry that AOL was losing profits because I really believe that they were one of the pioneers of email and instant messaging. I guess it just shows that when it comes to technology, if you aren’t constantly changing and evolving as technology users’ tastes and preferences shift, you’re going to be left behind.