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Ed Hansen, MindSpring Enterprises, Inc.


Juliet Reising To Join MindSpring Staff as Chief Financial Officer

ATLANTA (February 9, 1999) -- MindSpring Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq:MSPG) today announced that Juliet Reising will join MindSpring as its new CFO on February 15, 1999. Reising's initial focus will be the evolution of MindSpring's financial infrastructure, particularly in light of the company's announced acquisition of the subscribers and some assets of Netcom On-Line Communication Services, Inc.

"I am very excited about joining the team at MindSpring because it is a customer-driven organization, continuously pursuing growth opportunities with solid business practices," said Ms. Reising. "Further, it is a company whose internal culture clearly demonstrates high integrity and respect for the individual through its continuing adherence to its Core Values and Beliefs."

Reising has a strong background as a financial executive having served as CFO for Atlanta -based companies including most recently AvData Systems, Inc., InterServ Services Corp. and Coin, Inc. Prior to this she was VP-Finance for Norrell Corp. and Controller for Cox Communications. She started her career with Ernst & Young where she received her CPA and graduated summa cum laude with a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Georgia.

"We feel confident that Juliet is going to be a huge contributor to MindSpring's future success, and we can't wait to have her join us," said Charles Brewer, MindSpring's chairman and chief executive officer.

About MindSpring MindSpring is a leading Internet service provider focused on delivering outstanding service and support to its customers. By following its core values and beliefs, MindSpring is committed to doing an exceptional job of serving its customers, its employees, its owners and its community. MindSpring's dial-up subscribers can browse the World Wide Web, send electronic mail, participate in informative online chats and access over 20,000 newsgroups. MindSpring offers local Internet service in 748 locations throughout the United States. MindSpring is also a leading provider of Web Hosting services and domain registrations.

PC World presented MindSpring with its "World Class Award for Best ISP" in July 1998. In November 1997, MindSpring earned CNET: The Computer Network's "Buy It" recommendation as the national ISP providing the best value. Smart Money magazine called MindSpring "The Better Option" to AOL in February 1998, followed by a "Best Buy" recommendation from Smart Money Interactive in June 1998. MindSpring was given Home Office Computing's "Best Buy" for Web Hosting in its April 1998 issue. FamilyPC, in its July 1998 issue, named MindSpring's home page the "Best ISP Start Page." Upside Magazine said MindSpring "understands the value of service, community and brand in the cold world of the Net," in its February 1998 analysis of the top 150 technology companies in the United States.

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