Monday, July 1, 2019

AOL Data Search Leak - Why AOL Is Yesterday's News (Social Network Trends 2019)


First day of teaching an online summer class. In a virtual office hitting “refresh” compulsively and experiencing intense flashbacks to AOL chat rooms in the 90s. “Are my students going to talk to me? Are they on? Do they know I’m on?”

Youngins will never know the fear of watching your Dad open the phone bill each month, scared of how many minutes over the free trial you went on AOL. Here is some background information about the importance of America Online!

AOL is an American web portal and online service provider based in New York City. It is a brand marketed by Verizon Media. The service traces its history to an online service known as PlayNET, which hosted multi-player games for the Commodore 64. Wikipedia

We've just signed up for an aol email account cause we think it will be hilarious see people’s reaction to this in 2019.

1998: AOL confirmed that a leaked spreadsheet containing info 1,300 volunteer AOL community leaders had been stolen from an AOL employee's account.

- AOL Confirm Leak (Infographic) - 


Data Search


AOL Data Search - On August 4, 2006, AOL released a compressed text file on one of its websites containing 20 million search keywords for over 650,000 users over a 3-month period between March 1, 2006 and May 31, intended for research purposes. AOL pulled the file from public access by August 7, but not before its wide distribution on the Internet by others. Derivative research, titled A Picture of Search[163] was published by authors Pass, Chowdhury and Torgeson for The First International Conference on Scalable Information Systems.[164]




The data were used by websites such as AOLstalker[165] for entertainment purposes, where users of AOLstalker are encouraged to judge AOL clients based on the humorousness of personal details revealed by search behavior.

- Verizon's troubles with AOL taught it a lesson -


AOL Data Search Leak -


"The AOL search data leak was the release, in August 2006, of detailed search logs by AOL of a large number of AOL users. The release was intentional and intended for research purposes; however, the public release meant that the entire Internet could see the results rather than a select number of academics. 

AOL did not identify users in the report, but personally identifiable information was present in many of the queries. This allowed some users to be identified by their search queries, prominently a woman named Thelma Arnold"- Source Credit Wikipedia
To conclude, Bitcoin bounces back.

Why? It's a cyclic market.

If you've been in crypto long enough, you were simply expecting it.

P.S: Facebook Libra looks more like AOL than the open internet.

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