Listen, people. We try, we really do, to stay up on most technology and Internet-related news. We’d even noticed some of the rumors about AOL and TechCrunch that were floating around yesterday, and were confirmed today when news broke that AOL really was buying TechCrunch. What actually floored us though, was that AOL was still around and buying stuff. We knew that owned Engadget from their Weblogs, Inc. purchase back in 2005, but since then we’d pretty much forgotten all about them after we finally convinced our grandma that AOL wasn’t actually “the Internet.” Now that they’re bringing Michael Arrington into the fold and themselves back into the limelight, we figured it might be appropriate to take a look at 5 other sites you may have forgotten AOL owns. (It’s pretty hard to keep track considering the acquisition spree they went on through most of the 90′s and early 2000′s.)
- TMZ: AOL actually invented TMZ. Seriously. Back when they were under the AOL Time Warner umbrella the site was a joint venture with Warner’s Telepictures. Sadly for AOL, TimeWarner held on to TMZ when they spun off AOL in 2009, so we can file Lindsay Lohan news away with 3.5-inch disks as things AOL used to inundate us with.
- TV Squad: Founded just before AOL bought Weblogs, TV Squad has flourished under their corporate overlords. Sure, this means the site has lost quite a bit of critical bite, but if you’re wondering what happened on all the truly horrible TV shows that were on last night, no matter the night, TV Squad might be your first stop
- Slashfood: Probably our favorite food site if only because they don’t judge. They’re just as likely to cover offerings from Burger King and Domino’s as they are the latest fare from fancy chefs. They’re also not afraid to speak the inconvenient truth that fast food, as horrible as it is for you, is delicious. Well played, AOL, well played.
- PopEater: Is being the thinking man’s TMZ a good thing? We’re not convinced, but if TMZ is a little too lowbrow for you, and you’d like a few more words and a little less Lindsay with your celebrity pictures and gossip, AOL’s still got you covered. Hooray?
- Moviefone: Probably the most hilarious thing that AOL still owns, Moviefone was purchased by AOL in the heady days of 1999 for only $400 million. That’s correct. Somehow a phone service that let you call for movie times was worth $400 million dollars in 1999. Though the site offers the same movie ticket and showtime information that countless other sites do, Moviefone hasn’t forgotten how annoying it is to deal with those telephone voice recognition systems, so you can still call them at 1-800-777-FILM for the same information. Despite Kramer’s best efforts and the march of time, even Mr. Moviefone has managed to stick around. At this rate Moviefone will certainly outlive AOL, and probably even phones themselves.