Arianna Huffington and AOL’s Tim Armstrong talk to Shira Lazar about their $315 million new media merger that has the Internet and business world tongues wagging. Arianna Huffington Says To Keep Blogging! The blog merger with AOL is going to change the way the world view folks who blog and prompt businesses to take a serious look at non traditional journalist. Huffington Post has 26 million unique visitors a month and Over 6,000 unpaid bloggers. Blog owners are rejoicing everywhere and Huffpo bloggers are pissed off about the Huffpo and AOL acquisition. The only one who stand to gain from the merger is Huffington. I wonder what is going to happen to all of the unpaid bloggers who toiled to wrote countless blog post while standing in the unemployment line?
This email is circulating the Internet about the Huffington Post and AOL merger that was sent over to her free bloggers.:
We are writing with some very exciting news. As you will see if you click on the HuffPost home page, The Huffington Post has been acquired by AOL, instantly creating one of the biggest media companies in the world, with global, national, and local reach — combining original reporting, opinion, video, social engagement and community, and leveraged across every platform, including the web, mobile, and tablets.
Central to all of this will be the kind of fresh, insightful, and influential takes on the issues of the day that you and the rest of our bloggers regularly deliver. Our bloggers have always been a very big part of HuffPost’s identity — and will continue to be a very big part of who we are.
When the Huffington Post launched in May 2005, we had high hopes. But we would have been hard pressed to predict that less than six years later we would be able to announce a deal that now makes it possible for us to execute our vision at light speed.
The HuffPost blog team will continue to operate as it always has. Arianna will become editor-in-chief not only of HuffPost but of the newly formed Huffington Post Media Group, which will include all of AOL’s content sites, including Patch, Engadget, TechCrunch, Moviefone, PopEater, MapQuest, Black Voices, and Moviefone.
Together, our companies will have a combined base of 117 million unique U.S. visitors a month — and 250 million around the world — so your posts will have an even bigger impact on the national and global conversation. That’s the only real change you’ll notice — more people reading what you wrote.
Far from changing the Huffington Post’s editorial approach, our culture, or our mission, it will be like stepping off a fast-moving train and onto a supersonic jet. We’re still traveling toward the same destination, with the same people at the wheel, and with the same goals, but we’re now going to get there much, much faster.
Thank you for being such a vital part of the HuffPost family — which has suddenly gotten a whole lot bigger.
All the best,
Arianna, Roy, David, and the HuffPost Blog Team