Friday, May 29, 2009

Time Warner to split off AOL

The great merger of 2001 failed. AOL bought Time Warner, withered and is now being separated from the content company. Synergy did not work! It seems that content and distribution just doesn't go together very well. First Time Warner separates from its cable distribution side and now its portal side. Perhaps as a stand alone business, AOL has more flexibility to reshape itself and succeed.

AOL's future success is in the content it creates, it's email and build other products and services. The business of dial up has been lost as broadband connections from telco and cable have become the primary means to access the web. Can AOL survive on their own? I wish them well.

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