AOL-Music-closed-down

Want to know what’s going on at your company? The best way may be to hit up Twitter, because when pink slips go down, former employees always seem to turn up there.

In this case, it was AOL that was doing the axing. And this wasn’t your garden-variety mass layoff. When rock-music news website Spinner.com tweeted on Thursday that it was being closed down, it also said the entirety of parent division AOL Music was being killed off with it.

All of AOL Music is shutting down. Thank you all for your support. We had such a blast.
— Spinner.com (@Spinner) April 26, 2013

[Note: Seems like the Tweet was unceremoniously deleted, though the Spinner.com Twitter account remains active.] 

Further, Dan Reilly, (former) Spinner site editor, hasn’t been shy about the details.

AOL, which also owns The Huffington Post, has been working to pull all of its editorial under the one HuffPo umbrella. This is likely just collateral damage in that massive reorganization. Still, that’s no comfort to those newly unemployed music journalists.

Maybe they should connect with former HMV staffers. They seem to have a lot in common. When the music and DVD chain cut loose staffers in a broad lay-off a few months ago, someone in those ranks live-tweeted his own firing.