Biz Stone is today's P.T. Barnum. His business model at Twitter never centered on being profitable. So, as AOL continues to fumble around with its own brand identity or lack there of, Biz Stone is a logical choice to hopefully put this Mastodon of a company into extinction.
Amy, you are far too kind, and words such as those will only encourage us... so be careful! As for Biz and what it's short for, well, wouldn't you know it, the man wrote a blog post in 2004 about this very important subject! I've only clicked on it... haven't actually read it, because I find it hard to believe that the topic is actually worth the 6-7 paragraphs he's devoted to it. But I'll be the answer is in there somewhere!
Thanks for your feedback. :) More Nicole and Steve nonsense to come tomorrow!
I could watch Steve and Nicole exude ennui all day! I just wished one of them had yawned explaining the BizAOL mashup. (Surely there must be a cutesy acronym waiting to be spawned reflecting these two ESSENTIAL INTERNET BRANDS forming an alliance. AOL.biz? (What is "Biz" short for, anyhoo?)
But Mary's right. Sorry, but Stone is like a Kardashian today, or like a Hilton sister back in her heyday: just the attaching of that name to an endeavor makes a win-win in some folks' eyes. Thing is, the last time I was excited about anything AOL was when they bought Netscape 1,000 years ago.
StoneCutters? Biz-y Bee? AOL's Last Gasp at Relevance? I'm stumped.
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