You're certainly not alone. I get the same thing although I don't get the blue bar it just says Done at the bottom of the screen. Having said that I have NTL Cable broadband at 600kbs and I also still have AOL on Dialup. I have just noticed that on my Menu Bar at the righthand side I still get an AOL animated icon as if it is AOL loading the page? I know I am connected via BB as my phone is unaffected.
The website was down this morning, came back on and was fairly normal soon after 9am.
I've been out for a couple of hours since and just logged on (well about 10 minutes ago); so far it's been e-x-c-r-u-c-i-a-t-i-n-g-l-y slow, with the index pages taking three or four minutes to download at 49.2kbps.
I am on dial up in the north of uk and loading is fast. Could it be that dial up is takeing over broadband ??? doubt it, oh and by the way the only reason i dont have bb is that my area doesnt cover it !!! :0(