Let the race for content begin: Yahoo Vs. AOL

Yahoo with their  acquisition of Associated Content and AOL with their recent acquisition of TechCrunch have put the two companies at their own crossroads. Both companies have new Boss and are trying to reposition themselves as the media giants.  Any bet on which one will win the space or who is going to acquire who?

Both companies have come a long way since the web 1.0 era. They, both  have been pushing hard to find their footing in the world of the social web content and News:

AOL was the top ISP / Media portal in the US. Because AOL didn’t jump on broadband, they screwed themselves by not keeping up with the times. When DSL/Broadband came about, AOL was still pushing their dial up. AOL tried to piggy back off Yahoo’s and Earthlinks DSL and if they had, AOL would have still lost customers to Yahoo/Earhlink and would have just become another internet portal.

Not to mention their big mess with Time Warner that ended last year.

Yahoo screwed themselves up by not selling it dwindling company to Microsoft. Yahoo would have been a part of Bing, a pretty popular search engine. What’s keeping Yahoo alive is email and Asia. Everyone I know has an yahoo.com email, though most are leaving for gmail.com But I still believe Yahoo holds the most accounts in email than anyone else.

Asian market has been a strong focus of Yahoo and I expect them to continue success in the Asian market. Yahoo also has a lot going for it. Flickr, Delicious, and many other app mainstream apps. Yahoo Stores are huge for small eCommerce business, and if you’re an equities investor/trader you know for a fact, Yahoo Finance sit above even the likes of Reuters and Bloomberg. Yahoo also signed a huge advertising deal with Microsoft app platform. Yahoo also suffers from identity crisis. Many people in the US they just don’t know how to label Yahoo anymore.

In my opinion, depending on how much more stupid mistakes both companies are going to end up doing, Yahoo is currently in a much better shape than AOL to compete and survive in the world of News and Content.

Which one are you betting on?

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and telezoo.com that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @ awesomize.me

2 Responses to Let the race for content begin: Yahoo Vs. AOL

  1. Jean Adhya says:

    Do you know what percentage the water heater uses on the electric bill?
    I have heard anywhere from 30-40%.
    Thanks,
    Jean

  2. I feel so much better informed now… 🙂 Those were highly valuable uses of bandwidth! I’m so glad those Yahoos and AOLs are staying up nights to create a better world! 🙂

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