The slashdot thread about google’s acquisition of 5% of AOL was of interest to me because of GTalk and AIM. The deal is all about advertisements, and all about IM (which itself is about advertisements (scanning our conversations?), and probably VOIP). Even though Trillian and Meebo make it less necessary to have network interoperability, it’ll be nice to see two networks communicating with each other. As for Google getting tainted with some of AOL’s evil, one slashdotter stated:
I swear, if I get ONE damned Google CD in the mail, EVER – I’ll go to a LIBRARY before I look something up on Google again.
Er…thanks for thinking of us!