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Jul 1st 2013

Day 2: AOL Live's Anchor Quest Concludes.. For Now


If you thought the first round of AOL Live auditions were impressive - the second round was even more entertaining. Starting Friday morning at 6AM ET, the line outside our New York City headquarters was already down the block and the talent assembled was as strong as the crowd size. Thousands also watched live on AOL.com and shared their favorites with hashtag #AOLAnchorQuest.

Here are some highlights: We'd like to thank everyone who took the time to watch and audition! Stay tuned for more information about future auditions and AOL Live!

Jun 27th 2013

Day 1: AOL Live's Anchor Quest

Update: Thank you everyone for watching and auditioning! This round of auditions has ended, but we are looking at future opportunities for additional talent searches. Stay tuned to this blog for details!
Today, AOL held the first round of auditions for our AOL Live anchor search and let's just say- the talent really brought it! Entertainment enthusiasts, tech geeks, health aficionados and every-day personalities took to the screen to showcase their talents, quirks and everything in between.

AOL.com streamed the auditions live so those who couldn't make it to our open audition could still be a part of the rare experience. The stream garnered over two and a half million views and two hundred fifty thousand concurrent views in just 4 hours.

That was only part 1 of our quest for the next major star, part 2 kicks off tomorrow morning. If you're in New York and would like to audition, come by 770 Broadway between 5AM and 10AM ET for your shot at stardom. To give everyone across the globe a voice in this process, we will also be polling our Twitter audience to learn who are fan favorites and those that stuck out amongst the rest.

Check out more of the highlights from today's auditions below and click here for more information on this opportunity. Join the conversation on Twitter at #AOLAnchorQuest.

Jun 26th 2013

AOL Wants to Know: Are You the Next World Famous Online Anchor?

Update: Thank you everyone for watching and auditioning! This round of auditions has ended, but we are looking at future opportunities for additional talent searches. Stay tuned to this blog for details!

Starting tomorrow, AOL will be rolling out live programming on AOL.com...and we want you to be front and center!

AOL is holding open auditions for people who are destined to inform and entertain the world and do it in their own unique way.

We want the most talented and passionate news, sports, weather, entertainment, and Internet-y storytellers in the world to help us launch AOL Live this summer. If you have dreamed of being on-air, live in front of millions of people, AOL could make your wish come true.

Auditions start at 5 a.m. this Thursday and Friday at AOL headquarters in New York. Come one, come all to 770 Broadway in Manhattan.

Want to stand out and make a huge impact? Here's the trick:

  • Dress for success: We want people to be stylish, interesting, and appealing. We want sports people to be sporty, music fans to sing, business types who can show us the money, weather people to be warm and sunny. If you are into the world of marketing, get pumped to read ad copy. You get the idea.

  • Bring Passion: We only hire passionate people who love what they do. If you are passionate about news, prove it.

  • Stand out: We aren't going to tell you how. You know what to do. Can you prove that you are better than any anchor on TV today?

And guess what? You aren't just showcasing your skills for a bunch of executives in suits (actually we don't wear suits at AOL). Your best stuff will be streamed LIVE on AOL.com. Soon, our viewers will have a chance to weigh in and tell us which anchor we should choose.

AOL is a fun, fast-paced environment where passion rules. We want fresh faces to join our team. Spread the word. Bring some friends. Bring your family. We'll see you bright and early on Thursday and Friday morning. We'll provide the bagels and coffee. You bring the talent.

Here are the details:

  • Thursday, June 27 and Friday, June 28
  • 5AM Casting Call opens
  • 10AM Casting Call closes
  • Props encouraged!
  • Please bring a headshot and resume
  • AOL viewers will help decide if you make it as our next AOL Live anchor!
  • *Please note: must be 18 and older to try out.

Jun 24th 2013

Announcing AOL Reader

For the last few weeks, we've been hard at work building what we believe will be the best RSS reader on the market. And today, we're excited to announce the launch of AOL Reader.

A Unique Perspective

At AOL, we have a unique perspective on RSS readers and content aggregation apps because we are a publisher of content as well. Our goal is to create the best possible experience for users who want to read the best content on their phone, tablet, or desktop computer, whenever and wherever they want.
Current RSS readers do reasonably well at aggregating content, but sometimes can cause information overload (only 995 unread articles today!) and present a tradeoff between user experience and revenue for the publisher (full text feeds vs. snippets of content that make you link out to read the full story). We're interested in helping adopt new ways to ensure that publishers -- both big and small -- continue to produce great content well into the future and simultaneously provide a better experience for our users.

AOL Reader Version 1

The first version of AOL Reader provides an outstanding reading experience across devices. It is a perfect upgrade for those of you who have been using Google Reader or other reader products.
We're committed to keeping the core RSS reading functionality free for our users. Other advanced features (e.g. search) may be available for a fee as we evolve the Reader.

Current features in version 1 include:

  • Seamless transition from Google Reader
  • Beautiful and intuitive user interface
  • Subscribe to any RSS feed
  • Works across Desktop, Tablet, and Mobile (HTML5, no plugins required)
  • Sharing with Google+, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Email
  • Save articles for later
  • Organize feeds by category or tag
  • API for developers and third party apps (available today, free during beta)
  • Sign in with your AOL, Google, Facebook, or Twitter account

Coming soon:

  • Native iOS and Android Apps
  • Export feeds to OPML
  • Sharing within AOL Reader and with other AOL Reader users
  • Integration with additional third party services
  • Search
  • Notifications
  • And a few secrets...
Version 1 of AOL Reader is all about getting the core functionality right, but there is a lot more to come in the near future. We can't wait to show you what we're up to. You can follow the latest product updates on the AOL Reader blog at http://blog.reader.aol.com.

Try out AOL Reader today at http://reader.aol.com.

May 28th 2013

Abigail Hart Gray Joins AOL Services as Head of Design

I'm excited to announce that Abigail Hart Gray is joining the AOL Services team as our new Head of Design. Reporting to me and working closely with leadership across the AOL family, she will lead the alignment of an evolving vision for our products with cutting edge designs and emerging technologies.

She is joining us from Fluid, a digital design agency, where she led the experience design group and was a member of the company's management team. Her background also includes interactive design tenures with leading agencies HUGE, R/GA and Digitas.

Abigail has distinct abilities to translate data and insights into functional design, in addition to her exceptional leadership skills. We will look to Abigail to be a driving force in helping AOL Services rethink the way our audiences rapidly embrace new forms of information, interact with content, their communities and their social graph.

To learn more about AOL's products and services, click here.

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