The changes, which AOL says are “coming soon”, look good. They extend the portal concept beyond content and services provided by AOL, enabling you to manage a wide range of online activity from what the company obviously hopes will be your homepage.
At aol.ca, you’ll be able to:
- preview e-mail from other providers such as Yahoo and Gmail without having to leave your AOL homepage
- preview updates from social networks including AIM, Facebook, MySpace and Twitter
- customize the left-hand navigation column by adding links to any sites
- read content from other sites and services, via a built-in RSS reader
- customize themes, to change the page’s appearance
AOL, which is being split off from Time Warner Inc., is working hard to be the ultimate online destination. That’s a huge change from the company’s origins as a dial-up internet service provider which sought to keep its customers inside the proverbial “walled garden” of its own content.