Testing AOL Journals.
July 17, 2003 9:37 AM
Internal beta testing of AOL Journals opened up yesterday, and I have dutifully started an AOL Journals blog and posted my suggestions and comments to the appropriate forums. It's no secret that AOL is doing this, but I didn't know any real details until yesterday. Also, I re-read the note about not leaking details, so this post is pretty restrained.
Here's a few tidbits that I think are not embargoed, but aren't really that juicy...
- The set up was stupid easy. I mean, my daughter could do it, and she's 9 weeks old.
- NetNewsWire can read my Journal's RSS file.
- The instant messaging conduit works pretty well, and I think IM blogging is a good thing.
- There's one thing about commenting that I like and hate at the same time. I'll rant and rave about this when the product goes public.
It's a good start, and it's not a "premium" service (as in, I don't have to pay extra dollars to have an AOL Journal) so I'm pretty hopeful that this thing will take off. The basics are there and it's pretty solid.
[Disclaimer: I do not work on the Journals product. It should be assumed that any product still under development will change, so don't expect anything I say here to be true when this thing goes live. Be sure to read around for a lot more info that I can provide.]