AOL Having Second Thoughts On Netscape As Digg Clone?

Netscape is now pitching a “classic” version of its former portal site, which appears to be a way to woo back some of those who dislike the Digg-style social news site that Netscape was transformed into back in June 2006. But Netscape also says that despite the “alternative” experience, the social news version will continue.

Those arriving at will now see an ad, shown below, pitching a “companion experience and leading to this version of the Netscape portal.

Miss Old Netscape?

So is the Netscape social news site dying? TechCrunch took that angle, but Netscape’s Tom Drapeau, commented, saying this is not the case:

Umm…. who are all of these sources? I run the social news site now, and I wrote the text that you quoted in your article.

The cobrand launch this week was simply an effort to give a place to go for those who desire a Netscape portal experience instead of a social news experience.

The social news team is alive and well, despite your “rumors”, and have extensive plans for 2007 and 2008 which are already in progress. We may exist in a different AOL division than the team, but that doesn’t make this a turf war.

I am speaking to the editorial team right now, and as they knew this portal was launching weeks in advance… they aren’t “completely freaked out”.

Danny and others have some comments on all of this at Sphinn, our social news site.

Also check out Neil Patel’s Netscape Compared To Digg, A Marketer’s Perspective from his Let’s Get Social column.

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