( - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)
[Instead of hijacking the other diary, I've put my thoughts here. The Huffpo/AOl merger has bugged me for some time, and watching the Patch gain traction and credibility in Massachusetts is frustrating.]
Last winter, Arianna Huffington, perhaps the most influential liberal blogger in the country, sold her blog to AOL for a handsome sum. Despite the sale of the Huffington Post, she retains control of the news content for the entire AOL network as editor-in-chief of Huffington Post Media Group.
Why is this important? In addition to the increased exposure of Huffington Post content on a popular, nonpartisan platform, she also gains control over the entire AOL network including the Patch, a site linking to hundreds (soon to be thousands) of hyper-local community sites. The Patch is growing like a weed in Massachusetts communities. You can find the list here (click the Mass tab).