Frank Gruber, Product Manager of myAOL, gives a detailed rundown of myAOL’s new features:
- myPage is a customizable start page featuring widgets, AOL content (Truveo Video Search, AOL Mail, TMZ.com, etc.) and other third-party applications, like eBay, Netflix and YouTube.
- Mgnet is a “visual content discovery and recommendations engine.” Users can search for news and info via image clouds that Mgnet pulls up based on the user’s likes and dislikes.
- Favorites is essentially a feed reader and bookmarking tool. A “Mix & Share” option lets users create a feed mashup to share with other users via e-mail or AIM.
MyAOL not a particularly groundbreaking move, but as Webware.com points out, what myAOL lacks in originality, it makes up for in execution. AOL still serves as a stepping stone for the less tech savvy, and myAOL looks to be a great, no-frills introduction to the “basics of Web 2.0″ for the casual Internet user.