Guess who got an email thank you note from America Online yesterday?
I’m guessing Steve Carell did, too. And Tina Fey. Sarah Silverman, Judd Apatow and Paul Rudd were no doubt on the list, too.
You see, we all still use AOL as our primary email client. Brand ourselves as pioneers of the Internet each time we hit ‘send’ by associating ourselves with AOL in this Gmail world.
I’m not crazy brand loyal; I’m just lazy. As AOL pointed out in their “celebrating you” thank you note, they’ve been my email service provider since 1996.
Before I was even born.
Do you know how many accounts, organizations and friends know me by this email address? The mere thought of changing it — and the domino effect of changes that would be required as a result — gives me the hives.
Of course, I have other email addresses for professional purposes — even a Gmail account that I rarely use — but AOL is still core.
And knowing that so many way cool people have an uncool email address like me…makes it the cool thing to do.
That’s what I keep telling myself.
Posted in Celebrities, Commentary, Entertainment, History, Humor, Internet, Life, Philosophy, Technology
Tagged America Online, AOL, AOL email address, AOL thank you email, brand loyal, celebrities, commentary, cool people, domino effect, email, email client, email service provider, entertainment, Gmail, Humor, Internet, Internet pioneers, Judd Apatow, life, outdated email address, Paul Rudd, philosophy, Sarah Silverman, Steve Carell, technology, Tina Fey, uncool email account
Before the original Law & Order television series closed up shop here in New York City, locals used to have a saying:
“If you live here, chances are pretty good you’ve been an extra on Law & Order.”
Take me, for instance. During my first year in Manhattan alone, I skulked about in the background of no less than nine different episodes. I even met Billie Jean King when she guest-starred as a judge.
If you owned a police officer’s uniform, you could work on the show pretty much every day. And we’re talking long days — 14 hours was fairly typical — at piss-poor pay.
Television is so glamorous.
Well, now everyone has a shot at being immortalized on Law & Order…without ever stepping foot on the set!
Just visit the contest page on AOL Television and post your favorite episode or moment from Law & Order in the comments section. A winner chosen at random will have his/her name written into a future episode of Law & Order: Los Angeles. As if that wasn’t cool enough, the winner will also receive a $100 American Express gift card.
For once, you don’t have to live in New York or Los Angeles to ‘appear’ on a TV show. You can live in Sacramento or Tallahassee or Albany or…
Fancy Farm, Kentucky.
Just be sure to post your comment by noon ET on April 7th! That’s the deadline for entry.
Of course I’ve already commented about my favorite Law & Order. And it wasn’t even one that I appeared in.
I’m so humble…
Posted in Advertising, Celebrities, Commentary, Entertainment, Humor, Internet, Life, Television, TV
Tagged advertising, American Express gift card, AOL, AOL Television, Austin, Billie Jean King, celebrities, Chicago, commentary, contest, contest entry, contest winner, entertainment, Fancy Farm Kentucky, Humor, Internet, Law & Order, Law & Order Los Angeles, Lexington, life, Manhattan, NBC, New York City, police officer, police officer uniform, Portland, Television, television background, television episode, television extra, television guest star, TV, TV Squad
The year end lists are coming out — best of, worst of, most, least. I think I’ve read them all (and sadly, appear on none).
AOL has posted their “Most Searched” list for 2010. l like this one a lot. Being ‘most searched’ doesn’t place any judgments of good or bad — it just says that a whole lot of people wanted to gawk at photos of you and read about you online.
And here’s their list:
10. Bed Intruder Antoine Dodson: I missed this one
9. Foursquare: I missed what’s fun about this one
8. Jeggings: Are they jeans? Are they leggings? They’re jeggings!
7. Old Spice Guy: I’m pretty sure folks just wanted to look at him
6. Paul the Octopus: May he rest in peace
5. Silly Bandz: Are they silly? Are they bandz? They’re Silly Bandz!
4. Vuvuzelas: Shhhhhhhh
3. Pants on the Ground: The ultimate revenge of the old auditioner
2. Chat-roulette: No gun, but just as deadly
And the number 1 search on AOL….
1. Betty White: There’s nothing left to be said
And there it is — 2010 in searches. The funny thing is…it looks kinda familiar, doesn’t it?
I mean, jeggings are just the new leg warmers, right? And we had that other hot Old Spice Guy (Matthew Perry’s father) back in the day. The Taco Bell dog was hot a few years ago — may he rest in peace — and those braided friendship bracelets were just low-tech Silly Bandz.
Vuvuzelas are simply much larger, louder kazoos, and the ‘Pants on the Ground’ guy is just the ‘She-Bang’ dude way older (and a way better singer).
And Betty White?
Oh, she’s still Betty White. This is just the second time that she’s trending.
Posted in Celebrities, Comedy, Commentary, Entertainment, Holiday, Humor, Internet, Life, Movies, Music, News, Singing, Television, TV
Tagged America Online, American Idol, AOL, bed intruder, bed intruder antoine dodson, Betty White, celebrities, chatroulette, comedy, entertainment, foursquare, Holiday, Humor, Internet, jeans, jeggings, kazoos, leg warmers, leggings, life, Matthew Perry, most searched, most searched online, Movies, Music, news, old spice guy, paul the octopus, She Bang, silly bandz, taco bell dog, Television, TV, vuvuzela, year end, year end list
Change is good. I preach it; I teach it.
So why can’t I change my email address?
I am old enough to remember not having an email address at all. When I was at Hallmark Cards in the early to mid-1990’s, working on the first iterations of Hallmark.com and e-cards, the company didn’t even have email addresses for their employees yet.
That’s when I got my very first one through America Online…the email address I continue to use this very day.
Sure, I’ve had others…through different employers, for different interests. But my main email address, the one I give folks for my primary correspondence, is that AOL address I signed up for way back in 1995.
That’s one of the reasons I haven’t changed it – so many people from my past know it. I’ve lived and worked in three different cities, with numerous individuals and companies since I became email-literate. If I change that address, some might lose their only link to me.
But I also recognize that an AOL email address makes me look as dated and old as AOL itself. Now that I have my own website, I should transition everyone over to an email address branded with my name — not with some Internet dinosaur.
But change is hard. I mean…
Change is good.
Posted in Business, Friends, Humor, Internet, Life, Philosophy, Relationships, Technology, Writing
Tagged America Online, AOL, Business, change, change is good, change is hard, communication, e-cards, ecards, email address, email addresses, friends, Hallmark Cards, Hallmark.com, Humor, Internet, philosophy, Relationships, technology, writing
How long would you last off the grid? Your Internet connection wiped. No texting, no Facebook, no tweeting, no, no…
Sorry. Things started to go a bit dark there for a minute.
Last night’s episode of “Modern Family” posed the question as an intra-family competition, which ended up lasting two short, very difficult days for the Dunphy family. (Phil won. Then it turned out his oldest daughter tricked him, and that she actually won. If you didn’t see it, well my goodness, why not??)
Two days off line? I wouldn’t last that long.
Heck, to write this blog entry alone, I had six browser windows open — WordPress, Facebook, AOL, Twitter, NYTimes.com and Google. Plus, I had my Palm Pre at my side. And I was watching television and Skyping with my sister.
Off the grid? More like off the charts.
I can’t remember the last time I sat down and simply watched TV. Tweeting and checking Facebook have become a natural part of the experience. See an actor that you don’t recognize? Look them up on imdb.com. Hear a funny line? Post it on Facebook…or share it via an open chat window on AIM.
Sitting back and passively enjoying entertainment is a thing of the past. Interacting with that TV show or movie or Youtube video — that’s the norm today. And the thought of even 48 hours without that option gives me the willies.
So, cheer up, Phil. Your daughter might have pulled a fast one on you, but you would have kicked my butt at this bet (if I had the guts to enter in the first place).
Did you know…Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who met while at Stanford University and collaborated on the Google web search engine, originally called it “BackRub” ? Snazzy.
Posted in Blogging, Entertainment, Family, Humor, Internet, Technology, Television, TV
Tagged AOL, blog, blogging, browser window, Dunphy family, entertainment, Facebook, family, Google, Humor, imdb.com, Internet, Modern Family tv show, NYTimes.com, off the grid, Palm Pre, Phil Dunphy, Skype, technology, Television, texting, TV, tweeting, Twitter, Wordpress