Lots of free stuff from AOL

David Pogue in The Times has a great roundup today of many of the new freebies from AOL.

He mentions three of my favorites – My eAddress, XM Radio and AOL Search – but not AIM Phoneline.

I have to disagree with his characterization of Bubble 2.0. While there is likely a bubble in the venture capital market, I don’t think the AOL services are the result of a bubble. AOL Search is a tremendously profitable business with margins The New York Times Co. would kill for.

Other services, like My eAddress and Phoneline do have more substantial costs. But those costs are low in comparison to the value of a unique user attracted by one of those.

Disclosure: I work at AOL Search. 


About Rakesh Agrawal

Rakesh Agrawal is Senior Director of product at Amazon (Audible). Previously, he launched local and mobile products for Microsoft and AOL. He tweets at @rakeshlobster.
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