AOL lays off 5,000

MSNBC is reporting that AOL is laying off 5,000. Ouch. But we saw this coming, didn’t we?

One thing I watch closely is how people use computers. When I visited Montana and went into everyday people’s homes and saw that they were on broadband and used Google, that told me that things had totally changed. Not to mention the Wifi signs in restaurants in Montana. I grew used to them in Silicon Valley, but when things get outside the valley’s bubble then you know things have really changed.

On Friday evening or Saturday morning I expect we’ll be with the hoards of tourists looking at Old Faithful.

The fact that I’m looking at a Yahoo property instead of an AOL one tells you something.

I’m gonna go up to tourists with my videocamera and ask them about photo sites they use and see what I learn.

Old Faithful is the one place in the USA that I’ve been where you’ll see, in the parking lot, license plates from every state in the nation (no one lives there, it’s a totally tourist population).

Sorry to the AOL’ers who now have to find work. If they lived in Silicon Valley they’d be sucked into the infrastructure here cause lots of companies are hiring, but I imagine most of the AOL workers are tech support types and they won’t find lots of jobs available, I’m guessing.

Comments

  1. I was in a family summer camp in the Adarondacks of New York state (way in the woods) and was amazed at the people using the free wi-fi in the main lounge. That really convinced me that one day soon wi-fi everywhere will mean everywhere. People want to stay connected and the Internet is how they want to do it.

  2. I was in a family summer camp in the Adarondacks of New York state (way in the woods) and was amazed at the people using the free wi-fi in the main lounge. That really convinced me that one day soon wi-fi everywhere will mean everywhere. People want to stay connected and the Internet is how they want to do it.

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  4. Another place where you’ll see license plates from everywhere is Mount Rushmore. I remember counting states when I was there and losing track when I got somewhere above 30, plus Canada and Mexico.

  5. Another place where you’ll see license plates from everywhere is Mount Rushmore. I remember counting states when I was there and losing track when I got somewhere above 30, plus Canada and Mexico.

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  7. I imagine most of the AOL workers are tech support types

    So what you are essentially saying Scoble, is that they were already worthless to begin with?

    Lol! Just kidding :D

    I do hope that they find other work. It is sad to see anyone lose their job, unless I hate working with them. Then it is pure bliss!

    Say a little prayer, Robert.

  8. I imagine most of the AOL workers are tech support types

    So what you are essentially saying Scoble, is that they were already worthless to begin with?

    Lol! Just kidding :D

    I do hope that they find other work. It is sad to see anyone lose their job, unless I hate working with them. Then it is pure bliss!

    Say a little prayer, Robert.

  9. Same situation in Europe, the older internet providers are going down the drain. Up come especially the companies who used to provide TV cable; they’re skyrocketing to infinity and beyond.

  10. Same situation in Europe, the older internet providers are going down the drain. Up come especially the companies who used to provide TV cable; they’re skyrocketing to infinity and beyond.