AOL Introduces New myAOL Beta
AOL announced today that it has released a new beta version of myAOL (http://beta.my.aol.com), offering users a suite of customizable products, savvy feed reading tools and an innovative content discovery service built on a portable personalization platform.
The new myAOL offers a completely personalized experience using tools that identify, find, share and archive content of personal interest. With myAOL, users can discover, use and manage feeds, bookmarks and applications from across the Web, and customize their homepage using simple drag and drop functionality.
“With myAOL we’re giving users the tools they need to create a truly personal online experience,” said David Liu, Senior Vice President, AOL. “myAOL allows individuals to find, organize, archive, share and use features, content and applications from destinations across the Web – all from one convenient, personalized page.”
The new myAOL suite includes:
myPage: A personal dashboard offering access to content and applications from AOL, as well as third party email providers and Websites. myPage offers a comprehensive Gallery that provides access to popular content and features from across the Web, such as Google Gadgets.
Mgnet (pronounced Magnet) (http://beta.my.aol.com/page/mgnet): A visual content discovery service designed to scout the Web for new sites and information based on personal preferences. Users are presented with an “image cloud” representing people, places, topics and events, and invited to click on pictures of personal interest. Leveraging the robust assets of partners such as Truveo, a leading video search engine, Mgnet delivers a variety of news, blogs and videos related to each image. Based on the content users choose to browse, rate and save, Mgnet begins to deliver more personalized recommendations.
Favorites (http://beta.my.aol.com/page/favs): An updated feed reader that combines user feeds and bookmarks in one place, making it easy to find, manage and import feeds. Simple-to-use folders and shortcut keys allow users to quickly skim through and organize content.
In addition, a “Mix & Share” feature makes it simple to create and share feeds via e-mail, instant message or AIM. Integrated bookmarks offer a place to store favorite content that can be accessed from any Web-enabled computer.
New features and functionality will continue to be added to myAOL. Thousands of content sources, third party applications, snaggable widgets and social networking and sharing capabilities, as well as mobile and international access will be integrated throughout the beta period.
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