How quickly we forget!
According to an an article in the Silicon Alley Insider this week, Twitter, Facebook, and Google Owe Everything to AOL. This was the message that the new AOL CEO, Tim Armstrong (former Google SVP) had for the AOL troops.
The article referenced AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), buddy list, and keyword search as predecessors to Twitter, Facebook, and Google, respectively.
Even AOL had its predecessors.
Innovation, not unlike the scientific process of discovery, often comes by advancing, adjusting, re-combining, or re-inventing innovations that came before.
The hard part is understanding how, when, and to what extent to leverage the lessons from the past in addressing the needs of the present (and the future) – something we try to consider every day in the publishing industry!
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- Google’s Tim Armstrong Named Chairman and CEO of AOL (searchenginewatch.com)