THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS FREE EMAIL

“This had nothing to do with the Lycos deal.”

Excite executive vice president Brett Bullington, on why his company’s decision to drop WhoWhere as a free-email provider had nothing to do with its recent purchase by Lycos, an Excite competitor, News.com, 21 September 1998

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AOL IS HARD — LET’S GO SHOPPING!

“We thought people would run away screaming. Yet millions of people have sat through it, and we’re like, oh my gosh!”

America Online spokesperson Jeanie Ryan, offering deep commentary on the hour-long download time of AOL’s latest client software, The New York Times, 17 September 1998

INSTANT OPINIONS — JUST ADD INTERNET!

“I believe we’re going to a political system in which there will be a series of pulses, where everyone in the nation will become interested in something, and they will all develop an opinion of it fairly quickly.”

Novell CEO Eric Schmidt, expounding on how in the Lewinsky era, the network is the tabloid newspaper, The Wall Street Journal, 14 September 1998