AOL Reorganizing, Combining Dial-Up & Web Services

AOL Reorganizing, Combining Dial-Up & Web Services

Web pioneer and current Web also-ran AOL, Inc., is planning a company-wide restructuring effort beginning in January, according to comments made to Bloomberg by AOL CEO Tim Armstrong (pictured below).

The company will combine its dial-up service (people still have that?) with its other Web services to create a single business unit, which includes AOL Instant Messenger, email, photos, and more. The idea is to get more individual users using more of the company’s services and stay on AOL sites longer, which sounds like a page out of the Google playbook. It also happens to make a lot of common sense.

In addition to this new combined unit, AOL’s restructuring will include three other units--advertising, local services, and a media group (aka the Huffington Post).

Ned Brody will be in charge of the advertising division. The local services wing will include the Patch news business and MapQuest and will be run by Jon Brod. To the surprise of no one, Arianna Huffington will run the media group.

Armstrong made it clear that AOL isn’t planning to sell off or spin off anything in the wake of the restructuring.
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i dont meant to be negative but HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!. No one even knows what AOL is anymore. Ok not completely true but im sorry i feel this is DOA. Google and facebook(which i know is in most respects completely different) already own most of peoples internet usage especially when it comes to email and social networking

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Who is AOL and what is dial-up? LOL

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LOL AOL is a somewhat older internet browsing company alot like google, the were very popular 7 years ago but have since died out. dial up is the internet connection your parents used. ask them about it. its a funny story.

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I miss getting there CD's in the mail...they made great coasters.

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AOL, haven't heard that name in a few years. Does anyone still use AIM? It use to be the way to communicate back in the day but now with facebook and other IM clients I wonder how AOL still does it.

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on a serious note, they should sell off their ISP (just shut it down completely) and just concentrate on their internet media properites.

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I can't believe anyone would still be on Dial-up at this time and age... lol. I also don't see people using aol emails, i have an aim and that includes the email but i have never even logged in to it before. I agree with lvan, why push it more when there are so much better out? Closes it! :)

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This is good, AoL has been a sleeper or years, with no population or customer base growth for a long time. its good to see them taking active steps to become a more customer friendly entity.I am currious to see what changes will accompany the remake of a once great giant in the web industry.

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The simple phrase AOL makes me want to puke... So many computers that I had to reformat because of their horrible software.

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Some things never die. Poor AOL

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I remember reading a story awhile back about AOL charging older (elderly) customers for dialup service because these customers that the only way to access their AOL email was through this dialup service. AOL was very happy to let them believe this while continuing to charge them. Obviously you can access your email accounts in other ways besides through the dialup AOL service.

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Who thought that they were still kicking =p

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Well this is interesting; I mean they were well known in the early 2000's but all they're known for now is the Huffington Post and Engadget. I used to have an AOL email account and use their services but now I barely use any of their services and my AOL email redirects to my Gmail account. Hopefully restructuring these entities into one should help members of AOL and potential visitors to AOL websites; and who knows, maybe it may bring me back to the AOL fold. Maybe...

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