8 months ago
Verizon’s announced Monday that it would be renaming its newly acquired brands AOL and Yahoo, under the banner of “Oath.”
And that name change had many in the tech community swearing oaths of their own.
Per The New York Times, Verizon is set to close its deal to buy Yahoo for $4.48 billion by the end of June. Brands AOL, Yahoo, and The Huffington Post will all be grouped under the Oath umbrella.
Those individual brands, however, will keep their original names under that banner.
The announcement of the name change was made by AOL head Tim Armstrong via Twitter, and was almost immediately panned by critics (see below).
— Tim Armstrong (@timarmstrongaol) April 3, 2017
Below, take a look at some reaction from the Twitterati to the new name.
— TechCrunch (@TechCrunch) April 4, 2017
The post-merger name for AOL-Yahoo will be called Oath.
The Twitter page for @oath is, um, just look.
— Sumeet Shah (@PE_Feeds) April 3, 2017
Oath is the name of the evil tech company in the sci-fi story you wrote in 7th grade
— 24-Hour Kompromat (@mcdisagree) April 3, 2017
Yahoo and AOL just missed out on an opportunity to name their combined company YOLO
— The Charlieton (@TheCharlieton) April 4, 2017
Q: Is “Oath” Yahoo or AOL?
Q: What will determine success?
Q: What’s the strategy
A: Build a competitive moath
— Ashley Mayer ❄️ (@ashleymayer) April 4, 2017