about.me, Tony Conrad’s stealth startup went live to the masses four days ago and just like that has been acquired by AOL. This does not come as a surprise as AOL Ventures participated in the $425,000 angel round and bought Tony’s last company Sphere in 2008. about.me allows users to create a custom splash-page and tie in their entire social media content as well as track analytics.
I received my beta invite a few months ago and love my about.me page. I am however; a little weary now that AOL owns it. It is not that I do not support a fellow entrepreneur or am not excited for Tony and his team, but rather that as BB King would say ‘The thrill is gone’. As of right now about.me will continue on but at what cost to the users? The allure of about.me came in the creativity the early beta users possessed along with the clean feel to the finished product. Will new ownership muddy the feel or worse yet, tap into the social data we provide and start pushing ads through the back end?
Do you think AOL will help or harm about.me
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