Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 5:19 pm.

AOL’s history, as told through NYT crossword clues

This Quartz article by Zachary M. Seward is pretty awesome. Here’s 1999:

Apr. 11, 1999: “You’ve got mail” co.
Aug. 3, 1999: Prodigy alternative, for short
Sept. 2, 1999: “You’ve got mail” co.

Also interesting:

The data were compiled from an app for searching Times crossword clues, which was built by Quartz product engineering director Michael Donohoe.

Increasingly, software is journalism. Obviously, this is a fun and mostly meaningless example. But any serious investigative newsroom today also needs hackers.