AOL was not really a thing in the UK, or it was at the same time it and compuserve and died a death around the same time, I do still occasionally get clients with such addresses but it is very much the exception. Granted they often still have ISP mail accounts and suffer accordingly but AOL does not represent among those. AIM was equally absent from basically all I met, US transplants and those with US based family being the exceptions, so there is not even that. The yahoo instant messenger vs msn messenger playground debates/areas of the country were harsh times though.
On "why or it any should matter" then by most accounts none of us will probably ever set up an email server that the likes of gmail, yahoo mail, hotmail/outlook and the like will dain to speak to or be spoken to by so I will go that.