As AOL celebrates its 35th anniversary on May 24, we're taking a closer look at the company's history and legacy. For millions of Americans, AOL helped them explore the internet for the first time and connected them with the world with an AOL.com email address decades ago.
Few sounds are more iconic to the birth of the digital era than Elwood Edward's iconic "You've Got Mail" notification. Whether you'd be met with retailer ads, a barrage of forwarded jokes from your a pal, or a sweet message from a loved one, checking your AOL email inbox has always been a ritualistic activity.
And while there are certainly more email domain options to choose from than there were back in the early days, more than a few famous people stuck with AOL over the years.
Though we'd never "out" our loyal users, thanks to social media and other sources, we found some famous figures who apparently still enjoy hearing "You've Got Mail" when they check their email.
During an interview with Playboy Magazine, comedian Paul Rudd revealed he's still a committed AOL user regardless of how it may make him look to the world. "I like AOL because it’s so embarrassing," Rudd told the publication. "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."
And Rudd's not the only celebrity who still has ties to the email service. The star revealed Judd Apatow, Tina Fey, Steve Carell and Sarah Silverman all still use it. Vulture also reported Tilda Swinton and David Arquette also have accounts.
Big names in politics have come to AOL for their email services too, from Vice President Mike Pence to Obama White House official David Axelrod, and former lawmakers Al Franken and Aaron Schock.
Ben Smith notably outed a number of DC-insiders as AOL users when he described @aol.com as a "status symbol" in a Politico post detailing how many of the "big shots" he communicates with still use the service.
At the time political consultant Mandy Grunwald told Smith, "I have newfangled email addresses too but I'm fond of the original."
We are, too.
We can't say for sure that they're all still active users, but when it comes to email, why be trendy when you can be classic?