Re: Can somebody explain what exactly the Keywords were for AOL?
AOL was originally its own closed, proprietary content network. Keywords were they way you would navigate to or access content. The only interactions AOL had with the wider Internet were an e-mail gateway, and, I believe, newsgroups. It wasn't until about 1995, I believe, when the AOL software finally got a web browser integrated so that you could visit Internet websites also. Then, general TCP/IP networking came to the AOL software later, so that AOL could be used as a regular ISP, so that you could access all regular Internet services, as well as AOL's proprietary content.