They have to differentiate themselves. And entertainment is a big part of peoples' lives.
Despite the struggles of its ISP arm, AOL.com is well positioned because of the number of users of AIM (AOL's Instant Messaging) and the strength of its new online mail offering.
Google is taking a lot of hits to its image as a benevolent spreader of new and better technology. In some ways, its success has made people scrutinize what it does much more closely.
When they announced it, it seemed to underscore that they were the only company on the Internet with the vision, ambition and technology to do this. It seemed to only enhance Google's reputation.
The 800 pound gorilla just entered the blogosphere, with Google launching its blog search.
This relevancy ranking is what I think will be the secret sauce to Googles blog search success.
Look for Yahoo and MSN to launch similar vertical searchs for blogs, which will tighten the noose even more for these small players.
The 800-pound gorilla just entered the blogosphere, ... the secret sauce to Google's blog-search success.
I think Google is going to blow them out of the water. So they need to dive into some niche and develop something other than just blog search.
Taking a close look at all technical options is the right thing for them (AOL and MSN) to be doing.
need to let go of the need to be in control.
FORGIVE FAILURE. The corollary to accountability is forgiveness. Things go wrong all the time in relationships, and the healthiest ones move on from them, leaving behind grudges and blame. This is not to say that failure is accepted; rather, that it is acknowledged and understood.