If you still have an AOL email address, new reports indicate that you won't have to mumble and change the subject the next time someone asks for your contact information.
It seems that the email domain, which might once have been seen as evidence of a Stone Age mentality to the Internet, is not only OK to have again — it's even cool.
Last week, Politico noted that AOL email addresses have managed to hang around, despite the stigma attached to them. In fact, Ben Smith pointed out that the only people who still use them seem to be bigshots.
He counted these bigwigs among them:
POLITICS: David Axelrod, Jim Messina, John Weaver, Joe Trippi, Mandy Grunwald, Dick Morris (a recent defector to gmail), Frank Luntz, Ed Rollins, Guy Cecil, Tad Devine, Al Franken, Aaron Schock
MEDIA: Matt Drudge, Arianna Huffington (who was holding onto an AOL account long before AOL bought her company), David Brooks, David Corn, Robert Draper, Rick Perlstein, Ann Coulter, Tina Brown, Lawrence O'Donnell
And no, AOL isn't just for fusty political types (and our noble benefactor Arianna)! Even Playboy noted the endurance of @aol.com, asking Paul Rudd why he and so many comedians still use the email service. Steve Carell, Tina Fey and Sarah Silverman also have AOL email addresses.
"I like AOL because it’s so embarrassing," Rudd said. "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."
Doesn't this just make you hanker for an AOL email address? (And no, we're not being "corporate shills," just alerting you to the new cool hip stuff like we're supposed to, duh, so get off our backs about it!) It's really easy. Just click here. After all, don't you want to be like Guy Cecil?