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Feb 28th 2012

AOL Unveils MAKERS.com

AOL, in partnership with PBS, is proud to announce the launch of "MAKERS: Women Who Make America." MAKERS is a landmark digital video and broadcast initiative. Produced by filmmakers, the multi-platform initiative aims to become not only the largest but also the most dynamic collection of women's stories ever assembled.

MAKERS originated from a very clear premise: over the last half century, the work of millions of women has altered virtually every aspect of American culture. Watch the amazing stories of these women – both famous and heretofore unknown individuals – whose pioneering contributions continue to shape the world in which we live on MAKERS.com.

This initiative profiles groundbreaking women who have sparked change, been firsts-in-their-fields, and paved the way for those who followed. We also extend beyond profiling these trailblazing women to tell the stories of hundreds of women who are driving social change today.

MAKERS begins today at MAKERS.com, an AOL-developed interactive video platform, presented by Simple. MAKERS is also optimized for viewing across every mobile device, including an innovative iPad app that offers a unique video-viewing experience. The stories will be expanded weekly, ultimately bringing hundreds of inspiring women to the public throughout 2012 and beyond.

Visit MAKERS.com to look for stories from MAKERS including Linda Alvarado, Brenda Berkman, Judy Blume, Carol Burnett, Ursula Burns, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Katie Couric, Ellen DeGeneres, Geraldine Ferraro, Theresa Kane, Billie Jean King, Maya Lin, Dr. Susan Love, Marissa Mayer, Robin Morgan, Sandra Day O'Connor, Maria Pepe, Michelle Rhee, Condoleezza Rice, Faith Ringgold, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Zainab Salbi, Sheryl Sandberg, Phyllis Schlafly, Barbara Smith, Gloria Steinem, Martha Stewart, Kathrine Switzer, Diane von Furstenberg, and Barbara Walters.

Don't forget to join the MAKERS community! Follow us on Twitter at @MAKERSwomen, or like our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/makerswomen.

Dec 28th 2011

AOL Reveals Osama Bin Laden's Death as the #1 Day that Shaped 2011

On December 8th, we asked the public to vote on which moment among our "11 Days that Shaped 2011" had the most impact on the past year. Thousands of voters chimed in on 11in2011.aol.com, and today we are revealing that the death of Osama bin Laden was chosen by AOL readers as the day that most shaped 2011.

News of the terror leader's death broke on Twitter and sparked over 12.4 million tweets per hour, highlighting the increasing importance of social media and its relationship to traditional news coverage. At AOL, we were proud to bring our audience this news from multiple angles across all of our digital platforms.

Additionally, we asked our readers to tell us which major events in 2011 we missed, knowing that narrowing down the list to 11 items may spark some friendly debate. The most discussed topics on 11in2011.aol.com, in chronological order, include:
· Tornadoes Rip Through Southern States, Leave Dozens Dead
· Casey Anthony Acquitted
· U.S. Launches Last Shuttle into Space
· Shooting at Norway Youth Camp Leaves 89 Dead
· Amanda Knox's Murder Conviction Overturned in Italian Court
· Jerry Sandusky Engulfs Penn State in Major Scandal
· The End of the Iraq War

Undoubtedly, 2011 was a year driven by some of the biggest news stories we've seen in decades. Thanks to all of those who voted and weighed in!

Dec 8th 2011

AOL Announces "11 Days That Shaped 2011"

What day mattered most to you in the last twelve months?

Today AOL unveiled the "11 Days That Shaped 2011"- a look back at the year's defining events from the perspective of what our 98 million daily readers were discussing, commenting on, and sharing on AOL.com and our media properties including The Huffington Post, HuffPost Style, Moviefone and Engadget. As one of the world's largest digital media companies, we looked at the past year through our readers' eyes and found that they were most interested in the events that touched them emotionally.

Millions of people come to AOL every day seeking news, information and entertainment. The eleven days were selected based on the level of coverage they generated and the level of engagement they sparked. Each of the selected events engaged our readers on global, national and local levels as well as from multiple perspectives: from finance to technology and style to entertainment.

Explore how each of the days unfolded through the headlines, videos, articles, fast facts and personal reactions on our interactive experience, 11in2011.aol.com. Vote and share your perspective on the days that impacted you most this year, and nominate days that didn't make AOL's list but made a mark on 2011.

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Through bestof2011.aol.com, AOL.com is also publishing the defining moments of 2011 in key categories including news, auto, business, celebrities, divorce, race and culture, movies, music, parenting, politics, style, technology and the just plain weird, curated from editorial experts across our sites.

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