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With more than half of the Redskins roster under the age of 27, and nearly everyone under the age of 30, this is a generation of players that have grown up on computers.
I had a great chat with offensive linemen Eric Olsen and Tyler Polumbus today, discussing the rise and fall of different fads in Internet social media. After Al Gore invented the Internet, there were chat rooms, online journals, Hotmail, Myspace, Napster, Xanga, and finally Facebook and Skype.
But the greatest of all creations for me in middle school and high school (and even college), was AOL Instant Messenger (AIM). And 23-year-old Redskins offensive lineman Eric Olsen is still on it.
“Yeah, I’m still on it,” he said with a smile. ”I mean, it’s one of those applications that just opens automatically when I turn on my computer. I don’t have to sign in, the buddy list just pops up.”
In the age of text messaging, Facebook Chat, and Twitter, AIM has been dubbed nearly obsolete, left to com...