The Engadget Exodus, Brought To You By AOL!

Posted by on March 13, 2011 at 10:00 am

It’s unfortunate, but Engadget’s Editor-In-Chief Joshua Topolsky made an eye-swelling departure today, the latest in an exodus of staffers from the best gadget site on the web. While he’s not out for good, who knows what’s next for the tech ship Engadget?

For the longest time, I was a Gizmodo fan. Kelly got me on the site and I read it most every day for the latest in gadget and tech news. Then their chintzy journalism showed right through. (Of course, this was long before their chintzy design work reared its head.) Anyway, back in those days, Engadget was always a bit too dry. They seemed far too proper, far too regal, and their site far too minimalist and empty compared to the tabloid-esque material of Gizmodo’s hobo shack of a site. After the iPhone 4 stuff went down, I turned to Engadget and their podcasts starring Joshua Topolsky, Nilay Patel, and Josh Miller for my cup o’ Joe. Not only full of interesting tech discussion, the three had hilariously amazing chemistry. Who else could joke about Microsoft’s naming conventions? Engadget could.

While Topolsky announced his step down today, it was unveiled that Patel was leaving as well. This comes on the fresh departures of Ross and Paul Miller (no relation), both suggesting that AOL’s new strategy – the AOL Way, in which their online publications seek visitor impressions rather than impressive articles – pissed them off. I can’t blame them.

It’s unfortunate that from this view, there doesn’t seem like a clear line of succession at Engadget with all of their biggest players leaving. To all those departing, I wish all of the best.

Source: PC Magazine

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