A commercial featuring Steve Case telling people AOL was working day and night to fix the problem was made.
Within three years, AOL's user base grew to 10 million people.
AOL offered the first real-time homework help service (the Teacher Pager—1990; prior to this, AOL provided homework help bulletin boards), the first service by children, for children (Kids Only Online, 1991), the first online service for parents (the Parents Information Network, 1991), the first online courses (1988), the first omnibus service for teachers (the Teachers' Information Network, 1990), the first online exhibit (Library of Congress, 1991), the first parental controls, and many other online education firsts.
During this time, AOL connections would be flooded with users trying to get on, and many canceled their accounts due to constant busy signals.
Its sole product was an online service called Game Line for the Atari 2600 video game console, after von Meister's idea of buying music on demand was rejected by Warner Bros.
Subscribers bought a modem from the company for US.95 and paid a one-time US setup fee.
The telephone disconnected and the downloaded game would remain in Game Line's Master Module and playable until the user turned off the console or downloaded another game.The service was different from other online services as it used the computing power of the Commodore 64 and the Apple II rather than just a "dumb" terminal.It passed tokens back and forth and provided a fixed price service tailored for home users.AOL (formerly a company known as AOL Inc., originally known as America Online, and stylized as Aol.) is a web portal and online service provider based in New York.It is a brand marketed by Oath, a subsidiary of Verizon Communications.