You probably have the same e-mail address you had in 1997.
You also might be 70.
Fair or not, if you send an e-mail from an Aol account, the recipient is likely to expect it to be spam, a forward of some thoroughly debunked conspiracy theory or pictures of kittens.
"I get the sense that people with Aol addresses have just been too lazy to upgrade, i.e., their e-mail address is still: IHeartKittens81@aol.com," says Brenna Ehrlich, a co-creator of the "Stuff Hipsters Hate" blog and writer for tech-blog Mashable.
Aol's new upgrades are actually getting some good reviews -- although some of the revamped service's e-mail address options -- @ygm.com (for "You've Got Mail"), @wow.com and @love.com have raised a few eyebrows. YourName@love.com -- really?
The Oatmeal blog points out the venerable internet portal still has a long way to go to shake the stereotype that its users are prone to direct you to a website by saying, "OK, go to h ... t ... t ... p ... colon ... slash ... slash ... w ... w ... w ... ."
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