Peanut Butter Manifesto Author: You've Got Mail, With Fewer Ads

Brad Garlinghouse is known for the so-called Peanut Butter Manifesto he penned at Yahoo (YHOO), in which he argued that the company spread itself too thin.

Mr. Garlinghouse joined AOL earlier this year, and on Thursday, as the company completed its spinoff and began trading, he fired off another memo, this time promising AOL mail customers that change is coming:

Today marks a very important milestone in AOL’s history–and future. As we separate from Time Warner and become an independent company, we mark the beginning of a fresh start and open the door to new opportunities. I believe this is a perfect time for rebuilding trust, confidence and passion around AOL and the products we bring you.

I realize that–at times–over the past few years, it’s been challenging to be an AOL Mail user. I’ve heard your feedback and we’re going to start making changes with a renewed focus on you. We can and will make our free AOL Mail product world class!

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