IQ News: IQdataTop Tier ISPs Way Behind AOL

In the race among Internet service providers, Dulles, Va.-based America Online has galloped far ahead of its competition in recent years. Despite the planned merger of pioneering ISPs Earthlink Network and Mindspring Enterprises, their newly combined reach of nearly 3 million subscribers is considerably less than AOL’s mammoth 18 million-plus membership. Competition, however, for the country’s new second banana ISP–to be known simply as Earthlink and operate out of Mindspring’s Atlanta headquarters–may not come from AOL at all, but from Internet services brought to you by those scalawags at AT&T or that little start-up known as Microsoft. For many, AOL has become the de facto gateway to e-commerce, with 25,000 newbies shopping online through AOL since it launched its Shop AOL initiative last month. To make it even easier to shop online, AOL will ship version 5.0 of its software this week, featuring one-click shopping from the welcome screen.–Kipp Cheng
Unique Visits to ISPs, Home/Work* (000s)
SITE august 1999 august 1998
Total WWW 63,135 56,585
Earthlink.net 4,334 3,565
ATT.net 4,156 3,532
Intermediatn.net 3,033 N/A
Mindspring.com 2,783 2,689
Conxion.com 2,070 1,316
Demon.co.uk 1,904 2,300
Erols.com 1,829 2,101
Home.net 1,623 836
Flash.net 1,603 1,626
Freeserve.co.uk 1,328 N/A

Unique Visitors, AOL Channels, (000s)
SITE aug 1999 Nov 1998
AOL Content Total 20,254 19,305
News 13,951 13,901
Entertainment 11,599 8,749
Personal Finance 9,684 7,695
Shopping 9,509 8,232
Teens 8,766 4,370
Sports 8,464 5,746
Computing 8,220 6,531
Games 7,468 5,018
Travel 7,253 4,507
AOL Today 6,910 5,367