by Nick Anis
DULLES, VA, June 25, 2001 - America Online, Inc., the world's leading interactive services company has reported its worldwide AOL membership AOL surpassed the 30 million.
In the past 2 1/2 years AOL has doubled its membership helping to make the Internet the fastest-growing mass medium in history -- outpacing the worldwide expansion of broadcast television, radio, cable TV and the telephone.
Steve Case, Chairman of AOL Time Warner, said: "We couldn't be more pleased to have surpassed the historic milestone of 30 million AOL members worldwide in 12 short years. Thanks to our members, we have built the world's most popular online service, which has helped to improve the lives of millions around the world. But we are not resting on our laurels; we will continue to strive to make AOL all it can be and to build a medium that we all can be proud of."
AOL plans to release its new version 7.0 this fall which the company promises will offer the "best internet experience ever."
According to company officials AOL 7.0 is based on extensive member feedback and was designed to deliver a new level of convenience, ease-of-use and benefits that will make the service even more central to their lives. The new software will offer a sweeping new look and feel, more localized experience, breakthrough broadband and narrowband programming, advances in online music, You've Got Pictures 2.0, and enhancements to core features like AOL Mail, Buddy List(r), and instant messaging.
The company is also launching the next-generations of the AOLTV(sm) service, AOL for Palm operating systems, AOLbyPhone(sm) service, AOL Alerts service, and the Instant AOL service on the Gateway Connected TouchPad, as well as a new version of software for the AOL Mobile Communicator(sm) and an enhanced version of AOL Anywhere (www.aol.com) Web site.
AOL membership outside the US now exceeds six million members. Last month, AOL Latin America's membership surpassed 750,000, and the AOL service in France topped the million-member milestone. Outside of the US, there now are AOL services in 16 countries in eight languages.
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Nick Anis is a food, wine, and travel
and technology writer with over 24 books in print published by
McGraw-Hill, Random House, Bantam, Ziff-Davis, Tab, and others. Nick's
articles have appeared in The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, West Coast
Media, The Family Publications Group, The Weekly News, and Travel-Watch.
His beats include food, travel, snow and waters sports, entertainment,
family recreation, consumer electronics, home improvement, and automotive.
He is responsible for the Restaurant Row Ethnic Dining Guide, co-published
by the Long Beach Press Telegram. Nick is an
accomplished downhill skier, PADI certified SCUBA diver, and when he's not
sitting on his butt goofing off, enjoys a variety of active recreation
including tennis, riding motorcycles, ATVs, wave runners, snow machines,
horses, skeet and trap shooting he's also taken a stab at riding camels,
donkeys, elephants, ostriches, lamas, dolphins, Reindeer, bulls,
mechanical bulls, and buffalo. Nick is a member (A
Secretary/Treasurer) of the International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers
Association (IFWTWA), a member of the North American Snow Sports
Journalist Association (NASJA), Computer Press Association, The Writer's
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