Blogs are supposed to be personal, right? This post is more so than most.
Today I can’t help celebrating the Huffington Post big deal today. @huffpo got acquired by AOL for $315 million.
I’ve been watching the rise of the Huffington Post for several years now — (and here’s where it’s personal) since my daughter started as CTO about three years ago — and what a ride.
Many big wins seem simple after the fact. Few are, and this one no more than any. It might seem obvious now but when they started in 2005, it was a matter of huge risks and a million ways to go wrong. They’ve been working like mad, paying attention to every detail, leading a new media world step by step, but with a lot of ups and downs. When you look back at it now, they changed blogging and journalism both.
Congratulations to Arianna Huffington, Ken Lerer, Jonah Paretti, Eric Hippeau, and so many others who played a part in it. And of course to my daughter Andrea Breanna, too — but she doesn’t need a blog post to know how I feel.
(Image: copied from Huffington Post)
The main thing that I want to know is, when they say that Arianna will become the editor of AOL media, meaning that she will retain editorial control of HP, is that a lifelong appointment; will she get to choose her successor? As long as she remains in control of the Post, to me it retains its integrity. If the AOL honchos ever take control of the content on HP, then it will just be another part of the MSM.
As far as the “red tide,” I don’t necessarily see it as a bad thing to bring together people of widely differing opinions on one site. The problems could come if there are discussions that are specifically relevant to one group of people, and trolls start coming in and disrupting it. I hope that there will be (or already is) some method of preventing that, so that, basically, if people in the same general camp are attempting to debate the subtleties of an issue, they won’t be interrupted by people trashing their entire political philosophy.