It's out with the not-so-old and in with the new for AOL CEO Tim Armstrong as he commemorates 100 days at the helm of the dot-conglomerate. Less than a year after AOL launched a new brand called "MediaGlow to encompass all its publishing properties, the company is getting rid of the name and reestablishing it as the far less cute "AOL Media." The company's advertising division, Platform-A, is now "AOL Advertising."
And the properties grouped into the "People Networks" division that was established when AOL acquired social network Bebo (for way too much money) will be worked into three new divisions: AOL Communication, AOL Local and Mapping, and AOL Ventures.
The announcements were made at the latest stop for the "100 Days of Tim Armstrong" party train, a company "revival" meeting in a massive air-conditioned tent (yes, like an evangelical preacher, Tim Armstrong threw a tent revival) in which employees were encouraged to post to Twitter about the goings-on and tag it all with #aol100.
Business Insider was watching the tweets roll in, and picked up on Armstrong's announcement of the division name changes.
But on a more serious note, this does represent a strategic shift in direction for AOL, at least on the marketing front. Brands like Platform-A and MediaGlow seemed to consciously avoid the AOL moniker, which still hasn't shaken off the connotations of late-'90s dial-up access. Armstrong, it appears, believes that keeping "AOL" in there will actually make things stronger--he comes, after all, from Google, which proudly displays its primary-colored logo on virtually all of its properties. At the very least, it'll express a bit more internal faith in the viability of the AOL brand.
Maybe they can do a "you've got mail" mashup remix while they're at it.
UPDATE at 5:21 p.m. PT: Reader David Montgomery made some hilarious art for the occasion, inspired by the poster for the new movie "500 Days of Summer":