Blodgett: “AOL Disintegrating”

Read the Henry Blodgett posts on Curt Viebranz’ dismissal and the imploding of AOL with great fascination.
Whether all his speculation is true or not, it’s obvious that AOL, like some many other big portal companies, has suffered from a talent drain to smaller, more nimble and emerging businesses–the little Goliaths that are quickly turning onto big Davids. Even more to Blodgett’s point, some of the senior execs at this big portals are lost they fail to even recognize who they should be keeping–and what the strategy should be.
I’m also fascinated by some of the more intelligent comments by folks like “Jim”, who writes:
“Henry, how can you publish such a report based on “sources” that are clearly using you for emotional venting. While your writing above does address facts about who was released and who was promoted (old news as of yesterday), the facts stop there. This report exists to embellish and embrace rants of unhappy employees. There is no credibility here…you are a tool for funneling thoughts of whiners. Who are your sources? Don’t need names, but give a sense that these are people who know what they are talking about. ”
In other words, there’s intelligent discourse in the comments that suggests, whatever agenda Blodgett is pushing, AOL is no more made whole now that it was 20 months ago–which has interesting implications for a Yahoo-AOL merger.

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  1. Shawn says:

    > “some of the senior execs at this big portals are lost they fail to even recognize who they should be keeping–and what the strategy should be.”
    Hmm, that sounds familiar LOL!

  2. Mark Scrimshire says:

    Susan,
    I spent 18 months writing for AOL about the application of Web 2.0 technology. How many people outside of AOL understand the scale of restructuring that AOL has performed?
    This dramatic transformation will result in the loss of good people but to this day I am impressed by the calibre of people at AOL and there willingness to adapt to a brave new world.
    We should also consider how AOL has gone from “walled garden” to being one of the standards bearers for open standards on the web. Their adoption of OpenID is just one example of their efforts.

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