Google: We’ll Take The AOL Journals UsersBy: Chris Crum - October 31, 2008
AOL has recently decided to go for a more open and social approach, not unlike Yahoo. They’ve opened up their homepage to third party content, and are allowing users to update social network profiles right from there as well.
Ironically, AOL dropped its blogging service AOL Journals (among other services). I find this interesting because I consider blogs to be one of the top forms of social media, in the respect that they give people a voice, and their own community via readership and commentary.
Google sees this as an opportunity to get plenty of those AOL Journals users on board with its own service – Blogger. A post on Blogger Buzz welcomes those people with open arms providing links to a Blogger Tour, help resources, and a user group. But it doesn’t stop there.
Google is being proactive in the matter, and going so far as to offer a migration tool so that AOL Journals users can easily transport their content to Blogger. To use the tool, follow these steps as outlined by Google:
1. Sign in with the Google Account you would like associated with your blog. If you don’t have a Google Account, make one.
2. Once you’ve signed in with your Google Account, you’ll be asked to enter your AOL Journal URL. Do so and click "continue."
3. On the next page you’ll be asked to sign in with your AOL OpenID screen name or email address.
4. The import process will then begin and may take a few minutes to complete.
5. After your blog finishes importing, you’ll be asked to choose a title for your new Blogger blog as well as a new address.
6. Once you’ve chosen a new title and address, you can then select one of their blog templates.
7. Click "view your imported posts" to visit your blog at its new address.
Sounds easy enough right?
This is a smart move on Google’s part. They knew bloggers would want to continue, and would be forced to find a new service to use. The easier the transition for the user, the more likely they are to use that new service. I wonder how many have gone the Blogger route.