America Online Launches AOL Journals
Blogs Can Tie Families By KEVIN J. DELANEY, WSJ
AOL’s Journals service, which requires an AOL subscription, is about as simple to use as Blogger. It allows you to restrict public access to your blog and provides nice albums for grouping photos. If you do decide to restrict access, your visitors will have to register with AOL. That registration is free, though, and many people already have an AOL “screen name” because they use the company’s instant messaging service.
Not A Dollarshort: AOL Journals
The fact of the matter is that fundamentally, they hit the core weblogging elements on the mark. What they are doing — whether called journals or weblogs — is in fact weblogging. The elements are there, the output is familiar and the user behavior resembles all that us “real webloggers” would recognize. This isn’t just some message board with a blogging label slapped on — the AOL Journals team is taking the time and effort to get this right and that’s highly commendable.
AOL Hometown – Help – Journals Help
AOL has made keeping a journal easy. You can add entries directly on the page, or you can send them in by instant message. When you start a Journal, you have the option of adding a special “bot” to your Buddy List, and the IMs you send appear almost instantly in that Journal. You can even call in your entries using a new feature called AOLbyPhone.
AOL Journals are interactive, too. When you start yours, you can have us send an e-mail to other AOL members who are likely readers. They’ll learn what the basic subject of the Journal is and how to get there. They can read and see what you’ve posted, and they can also add comments of their own. You have to be an AOL member to start a Journal, or to get the announcement e-mail, but anyone with access to the Internet can view your Journal and add comments to it.
AOL journals can be public or private. Anyone who knows the URL can read a public journal. Private journals are open only to people you specify.
AOL Hometown – Help
To start creating a new journal:
1. Choose Journals from the Community menu.
2. In the form that opens, click Create a Journal Now.
The first page of the Create a Journal form opens and you’re ready to begin.
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AOL users have a free blog at http://journals.aol.com/screenname/blog/