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AOL INSIDER: Here Are 12 Reasons Why The AOL-Huffington Post Merger Is Going Down In Flames (AOL)
http://www.sfgate.com ^ | June 3, 2011 | Nicholas Carlton

Posted on 06/05/2011 6:03:56 PM PDT by lbryce

Edited on 06/05/2011 6:32:41 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

Twelve reasons why the AOL – Huffington Post merger is going down in flames.

The tragedy here is that not only will the deal ruin AOL, but it will also ruin the Huffington Post.

It is the Peter Principle on a grand scale. None of AOL’s senior editors (Huffington, Roy Sekoff, and Nico Pitney) have ever managed more than a few people. Now they have hundreds and lack the experience to manage a team this big. Behind the scenes, long time Huffposters say that Jai Singh’s departure has eliminated the key adult in the room. Now they need to grow HuffPost and save AOL – not possible.


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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aol; doom; doomed; huffingtonpost; huffpost; hupo; leftwing; liberal; ruined; runin
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That it IS the Huffington Post is all you need to know on why it's going down in flames.
1 posted on 06/05/2011 6:04:02 PM PDT by lbryce
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To: lbryce

“tragedy here is that not only will the deal ruin AOL, but it will also ruin the Huffington Post”

(Tragedy? hysterical laughter from me!)


2 posted on 06/05/2011 6:05:55 PM PDT by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: lbryce

Good Riddance!

So sick of hearing people source that site for “news”.


3 posted on 06/05/2011 6:06:37 PM PDT by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: lbryce

“The tragedy here is that not only will the deal ruin AOL, but it will also ruin the Huffington Post. “

This is a bad thing??


4 posted on 06/05/2011 6:06:48 PM PDT by y6162
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To: lbryce

Pure leftist tripe, and absolutely unreadable...even the headlines.


5 posted on 06/05/2011 6:08:35 PM PDT by truthkeeper ( Life is a pre-existing condition - Rush Limbaugh)
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To: lbryce
"The tragedy here is that not only will the deal ruin AOL, but it will also ruin the Huffington Post."

And all this time I thought I knew what tragedy meant. Go figure.

6 posted on 06/05/2011 6:09:39 PM PDT by hometoroost (Per Oceander: The only guarantees in life are death, taxes, and stupidity.)
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To: lbryce

With luck they both will lose.


7 posted on 06/05/2011 6:11:33 PM PDT by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: lbryce

Those miserable saps. Sounds like one of the companies I joined years ago. Everyone hated the new management that employees would literally walk across the building and spend the entire day in the library. The remaining time they would start typing their resumes.


8 posted on 06/05/2011 6:13:04 PM PDT by max americana (.)
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To: lbryce

I don’t know why they thought putting two losers together would make a winner. All they did was create one big loser.


9 posted on 06/05/2011 6:13:15 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer ("...that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,..")
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To: PGR88

Like Old Lefty Ted Turner claims he lost 8 Billion on AOL merger.


10 posted on 06/05/2011 6:14:01 PM PDT by scooby321
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To: lbryce

It could be they both lie.


11 posted on 06/05/2011 6:14:25 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: lbryce

Is arianna laughing all the way to the bank???


12 posted on 06/05/2011 6:18:21 PM PDT by moondoggie
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To: lbryce

13 posted on 06/05/2011 6:19:16 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: lbryce

No matter what the product, if you piss off 75% of your potential customer base right off the bat, that’s going to be a problem...


14 posted on 06/05/2011 6:22:30 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: lbryce

It was always about huffing some crazy drug synthsized from dung: huffingtonpodst.com


15 posted on 06/05/2011 6:24:23 PM PDT by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many conservative Christians my age out there? __ Click my name)
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To: moondoggie

“Is arianna laughing all the way to the bank???”

Was thinking same thing. Wonder if Soros is still invested?


16 posted on 06/05/2011 6:25:37 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: lbryce

Ever since my screen is blasted with Huttington Post junk, my aol hasn’t worked well. So, I now go through aol internet explorer to avoid all of their left wing so called news. Makes me furious as I can no longer copy and paste to the face of the emails as before...oh well...I’ll manage.


17 posted on 06/05/2011 6:29:50 PM PDT by TatieBug
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To: lbryce

The media needed a merger of AOL and the Huffingtonpout like Newcastle needed coal.

But, until search engines users rebel at search engines treating it like a real news source it’ll make money.


18 posted on 06/05/2011 6:32:01 PM PDT by mrsmith
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To: lbryce

[The tragedy here is that not only will the deal ruin AOL, but it will also ruin the Huffington Post. ]

I just got out my “tragedy” magnifying glass, but still no luck finding it. Must be one of those flea on a dog things.


19 posted on 06/05/2011 6:33:00 PM PDT by DaxtonBrown (HARRY: Money Mob & Influence (See my Expose on Reid on amazon.com written by me!))
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To: lbryce

I started out on the internet pretty early, when when the original of Netscape was still in Beta. And fairly early I got involved with CompuServe dialup.

At the time, Compuserve was very good. Almost by accident, I became an adviser in the Help Forum, and then a sysop.

But AOL took over Compuserve and wrecked it. And their miserable software developers were impossible to work with. As high-speed cable became available, I gradually abandoned CompuServe, although I kept it for 5 or 6 years as a backup to cable, which frequently went down, since as a sysop I had free service.

But AOL ruined the CompuServe part of their company, and wrecked and threw away all of the forums that had been built up over the years, many on a partly volunteer basis. I had to keep AOL for a while because my kids used AIM. When that lost out to newer ways of getting in touch with friends, AOL went down the drain—for me, at least. I can’t see that it has any reason for existing any longer.

HuffPo is the same. Without rich liberals to support it as a propaganda tool, it’s hard to see how it can survive in the changing world of the internet.


20 posted on 06/05/2011 6:48:05 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: VanDeKoik
You may have missed it but Huffpo is rarely cited here ~ or anywhere else ~ anymore.

The whole thing went belly-up, faced left, and now is little more than the shell of an email address.

Frankly, I never bothered reading Huffpo ~ it was, to my way of thinking, quite boring.

21 posted on 06/05/2011 6:51:15 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: scooby321

Agreed. While I don’t believe he lost 8 billion, the Time Warner - AOL deal was one of the worst corporate deals of all time.

The Case family from AOL made out like bandits and wisely invested a lot of their deal payout into large parcels of land and developments on the Hawaiian Islands.


22 posted on 06/05/2011 6:55:08 PM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.")
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To: max americana
Who is John Galt?

Lordy, this could have come out an updated version of Atlas Shrugged.

23 posted on 06/05/2011 6:55:39 PM PDT by Noumenon ("One man with courage is a majority." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: scooby321
Turner and his crew imagined that their earlier merger with Time Inc. was meaningful and potentially profitable.

Anyone could tell you that when a magazine conglomerate like Time Inc. had lost most of its advertising in their mainline journals, and now had one popular gossip rag targeting teenage girls that was thick as a phonebook (SEE: People), something was wrong ~ and it was a lot more than $8 billion that would shortly be lost.

Not that the age of print was dead then ~ but it was coming.

24 posted on 06/05/2011 6:59:31 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: lbryce

This merger is going down in flames because the actual shareholders of AOL are revolting against this money-grab at their expense.


25 posted on 06/05/2011 7:00:19 PM PDT by Carling (Obama: Inexperienced and incompetent, yet ego maniacal. God help us all.)
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To: dynachrome

Ditto!


26 posted on 06/05/2011 7:04:31 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: lbryce
Maybe Ariana can get back into the farming business:


27 posted on 06/05/2011 7:07:33 PM PDT by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: lbryce

I’m proud to say that I’ve never logged on to the Huffington Post and I’ve never been a customer of AOL.

To paraphrase Rush, “I hope they fail.”


28 posted on 06/05/2011 7:12:12 PM PDT by Two Kids' Dad ((((( )))))
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To: lbryce
The tragedy here is that not only will the deal will ruin AOL, but ; fortunately, it will also ruin the Huffington Post.

Fixed.

29 posted on 06/05/2011 7:13:18 PM PDT by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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To: lbryce

AOL employees were furious with the Huffing Puffing bailout, and that’s what it was. There’s no content there worth $315 let alone $315M. They can’t believe that while they’re selling buildings and cutting staff, this political kickback is going on. Tremendous, tremendous corruption, just like every other Democratic Party business endeavor.


30 posted on 06/05/2011 7:25:06 PM PDT by Dr.Deth
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To: lbryce

HuffPoo & AOL

The only time that crap is good, is when it joins other crap, and both go down the toilet.


31 posted on 06/05/2011 7:29:22 PM PDT by adorno
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To: TatieBug

Old fogey that I am, I started out on AOL and have not been able to wean myself from it. I am comfortable using it for e-mail and favorites, and I can’t figure out how to have my e-mail address book handy when I am on other sites. So, I use AOL for that stuff, and try to avoid looking at their so-called news.

Yes, I am tech challenged. *sigh*


32 posted on 06/05/2011 7:48:17 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks lbryce.
The tragedy here is that not only will the deal ruin AOL, but it will also ruin the Huffington Post.
It's a tragedy in the same sense that the film "Happy Gilmore" was a tragedy.


33 posted on 06/05/2011 8:21:16 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: Pining_4_TX
I'd be very happy to create a step-by-step roadmap with images on how to circumvent/purge your computer of AOL.
Please respond to the following questions;
1. How do you connect to the internet?
a.Dial-up
b.DSL/Broadband
2. What browser do you use? (Firefox, Chrome, IE)
34 posted on 06/05/2011 8:21:43 PM PDT by lbryce (BHO:Satan's Evil Twin)
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To: y6162

Failing to see how AOL collapsing is a problem...

35 posted on 06/05/2011 8:30:47 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Pining_4_TX

LOL

I still use AOL myself. I started using it for business many years ago and there are thousands of people that have my AOL email address. It would be too much trouble to change-over now and risk losing a potential client.


36 posted on 06/05/2011 8:33:44 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: lbryce
Also:


37 posted on 06/05/2011 8:33:58 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Spktyr

Post #37 - ROFL!


38 posted on 06/05/2011 8:38:34 PM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: Dr.Deth
Almost any time you would do a Google search (especially for news), the HuffPo articles would always rank right up at the top, but the search algorithm was probably manipulated by google to give preference to liberal websites. I suppose that made their “branding” look like it was worth a lot more than it actually was.
39 posted on 06/05/2011 8:39:05 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

Need to start transitioning away, then, because this is probably AOL’s last gasp.

How much worse will it be if NOBODY can reach you because everyone thinks you’re still @aol.com and they’ve folded?


40 posted on 06/05/2011 8:42:37 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: max americana
The liberals are discovering exactly what GOP operative, Ed Rollins, found out years ago ( the hard way ), -Arianna is an absolute snake.
41 posted on 06/05/2011 8:51:45 PM PDT by Cyropaedia ("Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principal of evil...".)
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To: lbryce

Arianna at the daily staff meetings:

“It’s all Greek to me!”


42 posted on 06/05/2011 8:52:43 PM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: lbryce
I've boycotted HuPo for years. She got her money, its failure won't matter and her 'brand' will carry on.

Unfortunately, something worse will take its place.

43 posted on 06/05/2011 8:53:48 PM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: abb
Ping to a highly predictable disaster in progress at the Time Warner cast off and the Huffington Poo
44 posted on 06/05/2011 8:57:35 PM PDT by Zakeet (The difference between the Wee Wee and a battery ... the battery has a positive side)
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To: lbryce


45 posted on 06/05/2011 9:06:17 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: smokingfrog
It would be too much trouble to change-over now and risk losing a potential client.

Me too unfortunately, and also unfortunately I move to much so I can't use my cable companies address because my next move might be to place that has a different cable company

Also with aol, I have one personal email, one professional and one spam fodder one where I buy things on (Like from Amazon and such, ).

No other site gives you 3 emails (well Google does but I would NEVER use them)

But I stopped paying for AOL connections and so I just use the free email so they aren't really getting much from me

46 posted on 06/05/2011 9:42:52 PM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: lbryce

Cable modem.

You must promise not to laugh, but I use the aol browser the most, although I do sometimes use firefox. I find it a bit confusing.

I told you I was an old fogey.


47 posted on 06/05/2011 10:00:09 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX
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To: Pining_4_TX
That's great! You're only a couple of steps away from never having to deal with AOL ever again. BTW:Who is your Interent Service Provider?

The entire process won't take more than about 10 minutes and just in case you're don't feel comfortable with the new configuration, your AOL set-up will always be there for you to fall back on.

Download the Firefox 4 browser by clicking on the link below. Allow the process to go through the motions, you'll see a download staus bar displaying the download progress, various message windows will pop open, continue clicking through to the next step once the download is completed please notify so that we can move to the next, last step in the process.
Mozilla Firefox 4 Download

48 posted on 06/05/2011 10:20:36 PM PDT by lbryce (BHO:Satan's Evil Twin)
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To: Pining_4_TX

I’m going offline and will be returning in the morning. Please let me know how you’ve fared. The best way would be to send a message via FR mail. We’ll catch up with each other within the next 24 hours.

Good Luck!


49 posted on 06/05/2011 10:38:52 PM PDT by lbryce (BHO:Satan's Evil Twin)
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To: lbryce

Democrat Underground, Kos, Huffington Post... the liberal fad sites come and go. Meanwhile, good old commercial-free Free Republic (born September, 1996) keeps on trucking along, 14 years and counting.


50 posted on 06/05/2011 10:56:22 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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