April 8, 2009

AOL executive on its social services toolbox

Ayelet NoffAOL sure is in an interesting place these days. They have a brand new CEO (ex Google VP Tim Armstrong), a legacy dial-up access business that more than 20 years after it was launched still makes billions of dollars a year and the rest of AOL split up into three different groups: Platform A, one of largest advertising networks; Media Glow, which includes AOL.com and mega blogs like TMZ and Engadget, and the group that most interests me, People Networks, which includes AIM, ICQ, Bebo, Yedda, Goowy and the newly acquired SocialThing.

People Networks is now planning an extensive synergy of all these properties (and also third party outside content) under the banner of “life streaming,” where users will be able to syndicate all their online activity into one stream.

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