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AOL Opens AIM to Developers

http://go.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=technologyNews&storyID=11437432&src=rss/technologyNews

AOL gets it that opening up their IM platform may prove very succesful as social networks grow. Will we see AIM built in to new Web 2.0 sites, services, etc?

"It's a dramatic turnaround for AOL," said Joe Wilcox, an analyst at Jupiter Research, who called the move shrewd and well timed.

AOL is "opening up to other companies, some of whom can create products to compete with AIM," he added.

Communicating by typing messages, making phone calls or video-calls and the ability to see if recipients are online at the same time are seen as integral to successful future versions of Internet services, analysts said.

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