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Nov 16th 2011

Check Out A Preview of AIM


AOL is rolling out a preview of a brand new version of it's popular product, AIM at preview.aim.com and you can be one of the first people to check it out.

In addition to a completely new look and feel, AIM is now focused on providing a simple, fun way to talk and share with groups of people that matter to you most. Jason Shellen, who joined AOL after his company Thing Labs makers of Brizzly was acquired last year, has been leading the team on the new product so you'll see some fun features from Brizzly here in the new AIM.


Here are some of the features you can expect to see on the desktop, web and mobile versions of the product:

  • An awesome inline media experience (tweets expand, movies play, files upload, oh my!)
  • Group chat (done right)
  • Single click video chat (thanks to AV by AOL)
  • All your social notifications in one place (find out fast if you've been tagged in a photo, received a new email, been retweeted and much more)
  • Conversation syncing on all platforms so your conversations will be shown on all platforms you use the AIM preview on (mobile, desktop or web)
  • News from the Huffington Post Media Group

Check it out today at http://preview.aim.com.

Oct 28th 2011

A chat with Internet pioneer Charley Kline

On Wednesday, October 29th 1969, a UCLA graduate student named Charley Kline sent the first ever transmissions over the ARPANET – the research network that evolved into the Internet. Ahead of the 42nd anniversary of that momentous day, the AOL Mail Blog spoke to Charley (who is an AOL Mail user) about the origins of the internet, the role of email and the future of online communication".

We asked him a few questions around the future and past of the Internet and here's a small sample of what he said:


What is the future of online communication?

I've been talking about online video chatting for years. You had picture phones in the 60s but they were really expensive and pretty much didn't work. Now you have Skype and AV by AOL, but I think the next step is video mail where you can record a message and send it as an email.

In a world of social networking, is email still relevant?

On social networks everybody sees what you post. Unless it becomes more convenient to change this each time you post a message, email will remain useful when you want to talk directly to people.

Official messages like statements from your bank will still come via email especially as improved security and DomainKeys Identified Mail lets you know that it is a genuine message.

Then there are commercial services like daily deals newsletters. People won't want them cluttering up their Facebook page but email lets you filter them into folders until you're ready to read them.

To read the full interview, check out the AOL Mail Blog.

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