AIM + Bebo: A Great Idea, Five Years Ago
AOL has announced that theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve completed the purchase of Bebo, and as such, formed a new business unit called Ã¢â‚¬Å“People NetworksÃ¢â‚¬Â that combines the social network with AIM, ICQ, and other recently acquired businesses including Yedda and Goowy. Integration plans arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t overly specific at the moment, but include Ã¢â‚¬Å“[letting] users merge AIM and Bebo profiles so they can use common screen names without re-registering.Ã¢â‚¬Â
For AOL, this marks attempt #3 (or #4 or #5 if you go back to when AOL was the dominant ISP and everything took place inside AOLÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s desktop software) at turning AIM into a major social network. First, there was AOL Journals, which tied blogging community features to AIM. Then came AIMPages, a web-based social network tied to AIM screennames. And now, rather than build something in-house, AOL has spent $850 million and will attempt to integrate AIM with an existing social network that reportedly has more than 40 million users.
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