I don’t recall how exactly I ran across this commercial yesterday, but I did, and it was around the same time Robo reminded us all that the mid-90s was the stone age of the internet. This early AOL commercial — they still referred to it as “America Online” back then — is yet another reminder. It strikes me as something that would have aired late at night, almost like a mini-infomercial at two minutes in length.
This brought back memories for me because I got my first computer around this time with leftover student loan money — I think it was in 1995 or 1996 when I first got online and began playing with the web. I’m kind of proud to say that I never used AOL — I was a Compuserve and Prodigy guy — even back then. I did not, however, ever spend any time chatting with “kayaking buddies.”