Wednesday, December 05, 2007

A Year Later: Chat on AIM through GMail - Bits - Technology - New York Times Blog

Interesting times -- I suspect the final chapter for AOL will come in 2008 (e.g., spun-off from Time Warner and acquisition fodder in the broader Google/Microsoft/Yahoo competitive landscape)

Google’s $1 billion investment in AOL may not have been the most financially savvy move as an investment. (Most analysts think AOL is worth far less than the $20 billion value that Google put on it.) But Google did get some payoff today.

Now Gmail users can have instant-message conversations with users of AOL’s AIM system. (Here is Google’s blog post on this.) Google’s standalone message system, Google Talk, has not been a big hit. Then it started integrating its instant message system in a column on the left margin of Gmail, and it is picking up some more users.

Still, in the United States, AIM continues to be the dominant instant-message system by far. A typical teenager is chatting away on AIM, even as he or she trolls MySpace or Facebook for dates.

A Year Later: Chat on AIM through GMail - Bits - Technology - New York Times Blog

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