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AOL Offers AIM License To Bloggers, Podcasters

This is an interesting phenomenon and business offer.  It's been a surprise to me that this hasn't been put in place before now.  Building a community of opt-in participants around a blog, podcast or a commercial website demands that there be a high-volume presence service, a good access control/permissions mechanism and an accounting/record keeping system.

I can definitely see how an IM service like AIM might be able to monetize this for the commercial websites, and offer it as a user draw for non-commercial sites.

Link: InformationWeek > Instant Messaging > AOL Offers AIM License To Bloggers, Podcasters > October 6, 2005.

America Online Inc. on Thursday started offering at no charge a license that allows non-commercial use of its popular instant messaging service, a move meant to attract bloggers, podcasters and other Web site operators.

In addition, the Dulles, Va., company also announced several new commercial users of AOL Instant Messaging, including social networks Facebook Inc., LinkedIn Corp. and Six Apart Inc.; and fashion and e-commerce site Glam.com Inc. ...

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