AOL Journal Beta – Mini Review

OTB got blogrolled by the first known AOL Journal. I couldn’t resist the temptation to see it in action. The blog is Eric Akawie’s Akablog

First Impressions

Overall very positive, even with the rough spots showing. The one major impediment to creating a successful interactive AOL Journal may be the requirement to login with an AOL screen name to comment. Blog City make this optional, and AOL should adopt that approach. The interface was a little heavy on the AOL icons, but that’s to be expected.

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RSS Feed – The RSS button doesn’t work as it does on other sites (as a link to the feed). This may be confusing for newsreader users as they’ve been trained or told that they can drag that button onto most readers and be automatically subscribed. The button opens a pop-up and gives the feed address, but not in URL form (which could be dragged into the newsreader for automatic subscription). Using the icon differently than the most everyone else is probably not such a great idea. When entered manually the feeds work as expected.

Comments – An AOL (Or AIM, CompuServe, or Netscape) screen name is required to post a comment. Sort of limits the usefulness of the comment function. Once logged in comments worked fine, although there was no facility to add URL’s as hyperlinks. I didn’t test coding the URL by hand…

Trackbacks – No trackback feature.

Photo Album – Incomplete, I couldn’t get it to load. Require AOL screen name to view.

Blogathon Tally Update
Am I Too Late To Play?


  1. Joni July 17, 2003
  2. Kevin July 17, 2003
  3. Scott Schrantz July 23, 2003
  4. Camryl August 14, 2003