Well, it appears that AOL has just rolled out the public beta of their much-buzzed-about new blog service, AOL Journals. (Note for you folks using variants of Mozilla: it looks like their server’s MIME types are screwed up, if you try to follow that link you’re gonna get some weird behavior. You’ll need to use IE to see the page. Wow, only two weeks since they abandoned Mozilla and they’ve already forgotten it exists! That was fast…)
I took a moment and set up a blog using the service to see how it works.
In short, AOL Journals is an interesting product that’s especially compelling for novice users who want easy setup and management of their blog. It’s not going to woo any experts from Movable Type, and some design decisions are just plain dumb (see the no-HTML note above), but it may cut into the uptake of SixApart’s new TypePad hosted service somewhat, especially if TypePad’s (yet-to-be-announced) price is too high. If, for example, TypePad costs $25/month, then Journals starts to look competitive, since for roughly the same price you can get not just Journals but all the content of the AOL service as well. I think there’s plenty of room in the market for both these services to coexist, though, and a little healthy competition should be good for users of all services.Posted by Jason Lefkowitz at August 01, 2003
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