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Jul 26th 2012

AOL Mail Gets a Fresh Look

Our friends on the AOL Mail team today unveiled the new AOL Mail. They've been working all year on this roll out, which provides a cleaner, more modern mail, SMS, and AIM experience, and as of this week, every AOL Mail user is now using the same great new mailbox. The team has posted a great article that will help new and old users find their way around the new look, sharing some tips and tricks to help users get the most from their mailbox.

The new AOL Mail includes a set of "mini-apps" giving users a simple and efficient way to manage AIM, contacts, events, and to-do lists in a single location. AOL Mail also introduced a number of new themes and customization options so users can personalize the look and feel of their inbox.

Learn about these new features and more by reading the AOL Mail Blog. To stay updated with new features and changes, follow the team on Twitter or Like them on Facebook.

Jul 13th 2012

Goviral Sponsors IAB's Great British Social Media Festival


Goviral
was sponsor this week of the Internet Advertising Bureau UK Great British Social Media Festival, which attracted a sold-out crowd in East London. Mads Holmen, goviral Planning Director, spoke to delegates at the annual event, designed to inform and educate about the importance of a robust, well-thought out, relevant social media strategy through new case studies, research and first-hand insights.

Mads' presentation, 'Engaging Generation Social,' was well received and sent Twitter wild. He discussed the prominence of social media, with the social generation forecast to become the biggest consumer group on the planet by 2015. Mads also discussed how the role of advertising will adapt to engage, impact and give generation social a reason to be receptive. Representatives from Google, Microsoft, Twitter and Samsung were also on hand at the event.

Learn more about Goviral and its video offerings here and read about more social insights Mads presented at Social Media Week in February.

May 8th 2012

HuffPost Canada Announces Regional Expansion

The HuffPost Canada team is just two weeks shy of celebrating its first birthday and what better way to celebrate than to announce the regional expansion of two new sites: HuffPost B.C and HuffPost Alberta. Scheduled to launch this fall, the sites will feature HuffPost's signature blend of news, blogging, community, and social engagement, to capture the unique cultures of both provinces, with regional editorial teams leveraging the power of the HuffPost platform to deliver the most important and most entertaining local stories.

"HuffPost Canada was our first international edition and has always had a special place in the HuffPost family," said Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of HPMG. "And I'm delighted that we'll be welcoming even more voices to the conversation by expanding to British Columbia and Alberta, just as we expanded to Quebec in February. Since we're already in a celebratory mood with HuffPost Canada approaching its first birthday, there's no better time to enlarge the discussion with the unique perspectives of these vibrant provinces."

The strong social DNA, vital to the HuffPost model, will extend to connect with the social communities of B.C. and Alberta. The Huffington Post Canada currently generates more than 2 million social actions a month through its commenting and sharing platforms and its social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.*

Arianna will be joining the team, including bloggers, clients, media and friends of HuffPost, in Toronto to reflect and commemorate the success of its first year. Join us in the celebration by exploring our new sites.

*Based on HPMG internal data.

Apr 6th 2012

About.me Launches Mobile App


about.me
now has an app for the iPhone. Built in collaboration with the AOL Mobile team, the app helps ensure your online identity goes wherever you go by delivering the about.me experience as well as access to exclusive mobile features that take advantage of location awareness. The new "Check Out" option lets you view pages of nearby users who are also using the feature, making it easier to connect meaningfully with new acquaintances offline.

More key features of the app include the ability to:
  • Create your own about.me page
  • Browse "Featured" and random pages and then email the user or share their page
  • Search and add pages to your "Favorites" list
  • View and update your own page

These join existing Web features that let you:
  • Link to disparate social media pages (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
  • Add discovery tags to help find like-minded people
Download the free application here.

Mar 26th 2012

Timelines, Profiles and Milestones: AOL On Facebook and Twitter Add Some Color (World)



Earlier today, in celebration of reaching 300,000 likes, AOL rolled out its new Facebook Timeline page, adding a little bit of color to our story - both literally and figuratively.

The most striking visual element on the page is our new cover photo, featuring the Color World canvas as designed by AOL Artist Mike Perry. The canvases, as created by our AOL Artists, are a great way to use the visual space that Facebook Timeline provides. We will be changing them to feature our artists with each new release starting later this month, so stay tuned for more! For now, learn more about our AOL Artists by visiting http://www.aolartists.com and stay tuned to this blog for more canvas updates.

If you look back through our Timeline, you'll see selected nuggets from AOL's 27 years in business, including our birthday (May 24, 1985), the day "You've Got Mail" was released (December 18, 1998), and, my personal favorite, the first post on our page after I joined AOL (you'll just have to click to find out what that was). We will continue to add highlights to our history as they happen, so be sure to take a look back through our history each time you visit the page.



In addition, we're excited to partner with Twitter and be a part of their Enhanced Profile program which offers us an opportunity to showcase our Color World canvas again and offer a "sticky" tweet of content at the top of the page of highlighting things we think you should keep tabs on.

We are excited to continue to bring stories and news from the AOL and Huffington Post each day, so if you haven't joined us yet, why not give us a follow on Twitter, or Like our page on Facebook!

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