AOL shutting down Xdrive, Bluestring and more…

In AOL’s quest to profit solely from advertising placed on websites, in email and in IM clients, they are slowly but surely dumping almost every subscription-based business they own. The most recent victims are Xdrive, Bluestring, AOL Pictures, AIM World (I can’t find anything on it except this MySpace page so I think AOL might mean they’re shutting down AIM soon) and MyMobile.

MyAOL is also rumored to be “sunsetting” soon and rumors have AOL selling the dial-up subscription business by August, which is only another week from now. We’ll see. In the meantime…

AOL does not offer much of a Plan B to anyone using services that are about to get closed down. The most AOL’s spokespeople will say about the fate of those services is this:

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AOL’s BlueStringAlong

Edited 10-15-2007.

Among the news AOL blitzed the media with last week is that they have started a new photo-sharing site, BlueString, that’s supposed to knock Photobucket flat on it’s ass. The theme on Anti-AOL recently is “Yawn, boring,” and this is just more of the same.

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