42 thoughts on “AOL gets its own “Mini-Microsoft”

  1. I am looking for background on how you started blogging for Microsoft. Can you provide me with a link to past stories?

  2. I am looking for background on how you started blogging for Microsoft. Can you provide me with a link to past stories?

  3. Scoble, some suggestions now that you’re on a real blogging platform:

    1. Use categories (it’ll increase your google juice massively)
    2. Show monthly archives (ditto)
    3. Migrate your posts across (there’s a tool for this, I’m fairly sure)
    4. Install the Subscribe to Comments plugin. It’ll allow people to stay up to date on the discussion, which is good.

    If you need help with any or all of this, I’m happy to do it. It’d only take 5 minutes.

    Either way, congrats. It’ll take you a month or two to get the Google Juice you had before, but once you have it, I’d be surprised if you don’t get to a PR of 8 with all your posts, with categories and with archives. There’s something to be said for having 20-50K pages indexed in Google (like many older WP blogs have).

  4. Scoble, some suggestions now that you’re on a real blogging platform:

    1. Use categories (it’ll increase your google juice massively)
    2. Show monthly archives (ditto)
    3. Migrate your posts across (there’s a tool for this, I’m fairly sure)
    4. Install the Subscribe to Comments plugin. It’ll allow people to stay up to date on the discussion, which is good.

    If you need help with any or all of this, I’m happy to do it. It’d only take 5 minutes.

    Either way, congrats. It’ll take you a month or two to get the Google Juice you had before, but once you have it, I’d be surprised if you don’t get to a PR of 8 with all your posts, with categories and with archives. There’s something to be said for having 20-50K pages indexed in Google (like many older WP blogs have).

  5. Without anonymity, there is no such thing as free speech anymore… The internet brings a certain level of anonymity to the game.

    With respect to your opinion of him/her ‘not doing any good’ by not putting his name — I believe he/she is obviously doing _some_ good. Look at the popularity and just of what’s going on. I believe that if he/she had revealed his/her name, the game would be over and people wouldn’t care for what that person had to say — Majority of “MiniMSFT’s” readers would rule out “MiniMSFT’s” opinions based on whom that person is. For all we know, ‘MiniMSFT’ could be a congressional leader — highly unlikely, but hell, this IS the internet. =)

    I too, admittedly, am curious as to who is behind the text; although a part of me doesn’t want to know for fear of me passing judgement to the writer, for reasons previously explained.

    So rock on.

  6. Without anonymity, there is no such thing as free speech anymore… The internet brings a certain level of anonymity to the game.

    With respect to your opinion of him/her ‘not doing any good’ by not putting his name — I believe he/she is obviously doing _some_ good. Look at the popularity and just of what’s going on. I believe that if he/she had revealed his/her name, the game would be over and people wouldn’t care for what that person had to say — Majority of “MiniMSFT’s” readers would rule out “MiniMSFT’s” opinions based on whom that person is. For all we know, ‘MiniMSFT’ could be a congressional leader — highly unlikely, but hell, this IS the internet. =)

    I too, admittedly, am curious as to who is behind the text; although a part of me doesn’t want to know for fear of me passing judgement to the writer, for reasons previously explained.

    So rock on.

  7. cool. Looks like the old site.

    By the way, I for one want to make a statement that MiniMicrosoft is not doing any good. If he wants to criticize, put his name on it!

  8. cool. Looks like the old site.

    By the way, I for one want to make a statement that MiniMicrosoft is not doing any good. If he wants to criticize, put his name on it!

  9. Kreider;

    > Regardless, the URL says it all…

    Not it doesn’t, you have to actually read it. Your excuse to stay ignorant is amusing though.

  10. Kreider;

    > Regardless, the URL says it all…

    Not it doesn’t, you have to actually read it. Your excuse to stay ignorant is amusing though.

  11. Scoble: Put the Category links on the sidebar, so we can easily filter posts based on the category they were posted under. See my blog for an example of it on the sidebar.

  12. Scoble: Put the Category links on the sidebar, so we can easily filter posts based on the category they were posted under. See my blog for an example of it on the sidebar.

  13. Yeah, but AOL doesn’t have the blue & green results list motif. That’s clearly the secret!

    On the subject of themes, is it possible to change this one? The pale putrid green makes me want to vomit every time I see it.

    Now who was it who said Microsoft employees had no taste? Or maybe it’s an anti-troll device, like leaving bright lights on in parking malls. It’s probably going to work too!

  14. Yeah, but AOL doesn’t have the blue & green results list motif. That’s clearly the secret!

    On the subject of themes, is it possible to change this one? The pale putrid green makes me want to vomit every time I see it.

    Now who was it who said Microsoft employees had no taste? Or maybe it’s an anti-troll device, like leaving bright lights on in parking malls. It’s probably going to work too!

  15. Like mvPStar says, the AOL search is powered by Google. If you look closely at the results, you will see that they are exactly the same, except that AOL trims multiple results from the same site.

    Some of this might depend on your preferences, and what, if anything they know about your search history. If you have no history with AOL and have consistently misused Google, you might get better results with AOL.

    Misuse would be something like searching for Microsoft+Real+Settlement+2005″ and then clicking through on the one of the sponsored links on either of these sets of results. The sponsored links are irrelevant; all of the actual results seem relevant.

  16. Like mvPStar says, the AOL search is powered by Google. If you look closely at the results, you will see that they are exactly the same, except that AOL trims multiple results from the same site.

    Some of this might depend on your preferences, and what, if anything they know about your search history. If you have no history with AOL and have consistently misused Google, you might get better results with AOL.

    Misuse would be something like searching for Microsoft+Real+Settlement+2005″ and then clicking through on the one of the sponsored links on either of these sets of results. The sponsored links are irrelevant; all of the actual results seem relevant.

  17. Kreider;

    >When you try to make a political statement and use a link pointing to a Slashdot site, you’re committing electronic suicide.

    Next time read the link, and not the URL. I wasn’t making a “political statement”.

  18. Kreider;

    >When you try to make a political statement and use a link pointing to a Slashdot site, you’re committing electronic suicide.

    Next time read the link, and not the URL. I wasn’t making a “political statement”.

  19. When you try to make a political statement and use a link pointing to a Slashdot site, you’re committing electronic suicide.

    Moving on…

    Blogging is fun and all, I suppose… My only rant is the fact that I have 1024×768 realty for a fully expanded FireFox browser window — I’d like to see the text take that space up instead of spending more time scrolling than reading.

    Nothing more annoying than seeing more space taken up by GOOGLE advertisements, or some other advertisements relating to what you’re browsing. I take that back, the actual reading content that I’m looking for being in a very narrow column in the middle, extreme left or extreme right column of a web blog is more annoying. I love staring at a lightbulb when I read blogs most of the time.

    I think you should put some JavaScripts on this page — add a little spice like SnowFlakes, PopUp dialog boxes, dHTML links — OOH! A couple iFrames!?

    Good day,

    R. Kreider

  20. When you try to make a political statement and use a link pointing to a Slashdot site, you’re committing electronic suicide.

    Moving on…

    Blogging is fun and all, I suppose… My only rant is the fact that I have 1024×768 realty for a fully expanded FireFox browser window — I’d like to see the text take that space up instead of spending more time scrolling than reading.

    Nothing more annoying than seeing more space taken up by GOOGLE advertisements, or some other advertisements relating to what you’re browsing. I take that back, the actual reading content that I’m looking for being in a very narrow column in the middle, extreme left or extreme right column of a web blog is more annoying. I love staring at a lightbulb when I read blogs most of the time.

    I think you should put some JavaScripts on this page — add a little spice like SnowFlakes, PopUp dialog boxes, dHTML links — OOH! A couple iFrames!?

    Good day,

    R. Kreider

  21. Or about Scobleizer not knowing a key fact about his company’s biggest news this week: that AOL uses Google search and that’s why MS wants them.

  22. Or about Scobleizer not knowing a key fact about his company’s biggest news this week: that AOL uses Google search and that’s why MS wants them.

  23. Humm… Google/Microsoft…
    I like the google-ish look and simplicity of the old blog… easy to read.
    You’re giving your blog a microsoft touch.. when I just want to read.

    B

  24. Humm… Google/Microsoft…
    I like the google-ish look and simplicity of the old blog… easy to read.
    You’re giving your blog a microsoft touch.. when I just want to read.

    B

  25. Hey there!
    I like the fact that you’ve finally switched over to WordPress, but I don’t like the fact that the blog entries are cut in the feeds. I liked being able to read the whole of your post inside start.com, instead of having to fiddle to open a new window and read the whole thing.
    A wise man once said, and I’m paraphrasing, that there’s no point having a blog entry if you can’t see all of it in there.
    (That was you in response to BugBash, if I remember correctly..)

    Anyhoo, great new blog ;)
    Shafiq.

  26. Hey there!
    I like the fact that you’ve finally switched over to WordPress, but I don’t like the fact that the blog entries are cut in the feeds. I liked being able to read the whole of your post inside start.com, instead of having to fiddle to open a new window and read the whole thing.
    A wise man once said, and I’m paraphrasing, that there’s no point having a blog entry if you can’t see all of it in there.
    (That was you in response to BugBash, if I remember correctly..)

    Anyhoo, great new blog ;)
    Shafiq.

  27. But AOL’s search engine is “Powered by Google”.

    How could it be better than Google’s? :P

    Also, I do agree I liked the contrast of your old blog better.

  28. But AOL’s search engine is “Powered by Google”.

    How could it be better than Google’s? :P

    Also, I do agree I liked the contrast of your old blog better.

  29. May I say I do not like the color scheme of this new blog? It is not as bold and contrasted as the old blog. Harder to read.

  30. May I say I do not like the color scheme of this new blog? It is not as bold and contrasted as the old blog. Harder to read.

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