Facebook is the new AOL, Google is the new Microsoft and Apple is the new Sony? Hmmm, I think this guy is on to something.
Of course Facebook is the new AOL. Facebook is the beginning and the end of the internet for a huge number of normal people, a combination of primary service provider (user profiles, messaging, photo sharing) and 90s-style portal to the wider web. Facebook has its own IM platform, Messenger, just like AOL had AOL Instant Messenger.