AOLs Patch.com covers 800 towns across America, providing an incredible infrastructure for citizen journalism in time for the 2012 election ...
Arianna and her people have done well for themselves by investing $1,000,000 five years ago and today pulled out $315,000 without giving-up editorial control.
Time will tell.
But businesses, even ones that have been poorly run like AOL, should look at how to make the most money, not just advance an ideology. Yes there are example where the owners (like GE) set profit aside in order to have a mouthpiece but I think we’ll start to see a moderation of that under Comcast. So it will be interesting to see if AOL does in fact use the HuffPo model as one that could serve a wide range of political views, or if it will pursue an ideology-driven appoach that will cut them off from well over 50% of their potential revenue sources.
I once raised hell at a Post Office.
They had AOL IPS “introductory” CD’s, “free” on the counter tops of a FEDERAL ENTITY for those with computers.
I asked what OTHER ISP companies they “promoted”.
But, you should have seen the expressions on the faces of the “federal employees” that were asked the question....dazed and confused.
(”dazed and confused” make the BEST employees for the government, don’t they?)
Politically neutral name of AOL?
Why were free AOL disks being distributed in the US Post offices, offering several months of free service about 2 years ago? They were available for at least a year and no one at the PO had a clue as to why they were there, or who kept restocking them, yet there they were
AOL is also next to impossible to remove from your system once installed.
I believe AOL tracks and records your internet activity. If you use AOL, I advise you dump it, unless youre not concerned about your privacy . (Foil hat off now,,,, and good luck with removing it!)
citizen => yellow