Users report EarthLink is down; also, it still exists

If you’re having connectivity problems, we feel bad for you, son. Take comfort in knowing you’re not alone, though. Many EarthLink users are reporting outages Friday evening.

You’re also not alone if you had no idea EarthLink still existed.

We want to read that post! Come on, EarthLink.

  • Rick Bazuin

    Some people like the fact that they have enjoyed the same email address for many years. This is a rare occurence this outage. Has anyone heard any updates?

    • Michael Anderson (WB)

      I just get my own domain name, it costs about $10/yr. Then it doesn’t matter who I connect through, or who hosts my mail service.

  • Gary Rudick
  • RW Nutjob

    Earthlink? Hell, I have a Mindspring address. Predates Earthlink by several years.

    • TugboatPhil

      I had kept my local provider out of Virginia Beach for a long time after I stopped using them to connect. I had a website that I started in Jan 96 and I had a lot of ex Navy folks contact me through it. I finally cut the ties with them last month. It was only $5 but I wasn’t able to update the site.

      When I did it I realized that that was my link back to my first days online. I’d used my “free hours” with AOL and a couple of others before that, but not for any length of time. I still recall keeping a notebook next to the computer so I’d know when my 96 hours were up!

  • WBee1 Proud Navy Wife

    I wonder how many of those Earthlink users are still using Netscape as their browser?

    • SineWaveII

      Are they still connecting with a dialup modem?

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  • peteee363

    i still use aol, because most viruses are written for outlook express, and you don’t need that for aol. yes it is a leftwing hack company, but i just use it for free e-mail.

  • Adela Wagner

    I had People PC for years, then Earthlink. Out here there is no cable anything, and DSL is just now available but we are so far from their “box” we can only get 1MB speed. We have no county water or sewage. Finally got a satellite dish for our internet (and pay dearly for it). One of my friends who lives in a deep valley cannot even get satellite has Earthlink and hates going online.

  • Kabong30

    EarthLink handles a LOT of backbone type traffic as well as providing connectivity for a lot of corporations.

  • GaryTheBrave

    Has anyone heard if Prodigy is still online? /snark

    • SineWaveII

      How about Compuserve? (showing my age)

      • PennyRobinsonFanClub

        Technically yes — it’s part of AOL now. I think Compuserve was my first online service.

      • PennyRobinsonFanClub
  • Grandma HeadInjury

    Reading the comments and above tweets is like traveling back in time. Funny!

    • TugboatPhil

      I tell my granddaughter, “I remember back in the old days, we had to create file names with only 8 characters!’

  • PennyRobinsonFanClub

    I kind of still have an Earthlink address, I think. Ready? — if you know the game platform Steam, my login for that is actually an ancient Netscape address. A couple months ago I got curious and tried logging into it — after many many years, as I say. Well, it’s AOL now, not Netscape, but was still there, but I couldn’t remember what the password was. I asked for a hint — and what the heck but they sent it to an Earthlink address I barely remembered having! Ah, good old dialup! Followed that, same thing, had the address but no password, I think THEY offered to send a hint somewhere — but also suggested I try calling during business hours. So some boring day I think I’ll start tracking down this trail of clues and see what old emails have accumulated over the last 10 years or so!