Tantaks fourth year
“Four years ago today, I started this blog with a very simple entry. Since then, it seems none of the W3C working drafts that I mentioned have made it to Recommendation status which is a bit unexpected to say the least. At a minimum I had expected CSS 2.1 to be further along, though perhaps we all underestimated how many details there were to fix, and recently no thanks to me either as I’ve been too busy with microformats to put a proper amount of time into my CSS working group invited expert duties. ”
Congrats Tantek on your successes!!
In recognition of the fact that its subscriber-based revenues continue to plummet, AOL is planning to shift to an ad-supported business model. AOL’s subscriber base, which peaked at 30 million users, now has less than 19 million subscribers and is still dropping — over 800,000 subscribers dropped the service in this year’s first quarter alone. In addition to seeing fewer AOL CDs, a shift to ad revenue also means some serious cuts in staff size, especially in the customer service and retention departments. From the article: ‘Time Warner plans to announce a series of changes at AOL that analysts say will mark the end of the company’s paid-subscriber model. The company will begin relying on advertising sales rather than monthly fees paid by customers, according to the Wall Street Journal. ‘I don’t know whether advertising will work, but my thinking is (the changes) are basically an acceptance of what is happening,’ says Joseph Bonner, a media and telecommunications analyst at Argus Research. ‘This is a reflection of reality, that they have to find some other source of revenue.””