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9 Things That Only America Online Users Will Understand

Come on, you stupid 56k modem! Go faster! I gotta see who's online!

Posted on June 25, 2013, at 9:03 a.m. ET

1. You wanted to log online. You got to the welcome screen. You clicked 'Sign In.' And then you waited... and waited... and waited.

2. And then: a breakthrough!

3. You heard the sound of the most soothing voice in the whole world. You felt a happiness that was uncontrollable.

4. You looked to see who was there too. Your friends! You'd made it!

5. And they welcomed you with open arms. You typed with care. Love could blossom at any moment.

6. You felt the rush of success. Here was a place where anything was possible!

7. But sometimes, things went wrong. And when they went wrong, they went really wrong.

8. And sometimes, you ended up in a place you really didn't want to go, and you had to bail entirely.

9. Until next time, AOL.

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A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.