Is having an AOL address considered "cool" now?

There are lots of examples of outdated technologies or practices becoming so outdated they take on a certain cachet — you know, things like gramophones, Walkmen, trepanning — so you better just accept the fact that one day your grandchildren will be asking you if you still have that old "iPad thing" in the attic somewhere. Some of these things are more expected, and then... there's AOL accounts. Yes, apparently having an email address that ends in @aol.com is now a weird status symbol. According to Paul Rudd, at least:

PLAYBOY: Before you finish that story, a quick side question: Why do so many comics have AOL addresses? Steve Carell has an AOL address, as do Tina Fey and Sarah Silverman. What about you?

RUDD: I’m AOL.

PLAYBOY: Why is that? Is it a coincidence that almost everybody in comedy is still on AOL?

RUDD: That’s a good question. I never thought about it. I finally got a Gmail account, but I never use it. I like AOL because it’s so embarrassing. People look at you as if you’re a fossil. Which you are. But I enjoy that embarrassment. I like being on the outside. Having an AOL address is like wearing Ocean Pacific shorts. It’s so uncool that it’s cool.

Man, will my parents be happy to hear this news. I haven't signed on to what was once my AOL account in years; I'm sure it's filled with thousands of emails from Amazon.com and offers to increase the size of my manhood at this point. So I can't say whether or not their service has improved. (I remember it as being kind of annoying.) But I guess the internet of the '90s is where it's at now. So if you'll excuse me, I need to go recreate my Geocities page immediately.

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Commentarium (37 Comments)

Sep 15 11 - 11:38am
CindyHo

I totally just signed in to my AOL account to make sure it worked.

Sep 15 11 - 12:25pm
anon

I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that Paul Rudd is not the measuring stick for cool.

Sep 15 11 - 12:39pm
@anon

That limb is pretty fragile. You might not want to hang out there for too long.

Sep 15 11 - 12:47pm
Moldy Oldy

Whatever happened to "if it isn't broken, don't fix it"?

Sep 15 11 - 12:55pm
DrewTheOther

AOL actually revamped its email system last year and it's pretty damn sweet. Nice design, solid performance. Just putting that out there ...

Sep 15 11 - 1:36pm
julian.

How is this even a question? Fuck yes AOL is still cool.

Sep 15 11 - 2:20pm
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I just made an AOL account a year ago & absolutely love it compared to gmail, yahoo & hotmail where I keep getting viruses & junk. Hooray for AOL!

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Wow, AOL is cool again! Disregarding how hard it is to remove AOL 9.7 software once it is installed. Perhaps Eudara falls into the same section with that "cool" 1Mb floppy disc.