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Editor’s Note: Encyclo has not been regularly updated since August 2014, so information posted here is likely to be out of date and may be no longer accurate. It’s best used as a snapshot of the media landscape at that point in time.

is an American news and blog network run by author and political activist and owned by AOL.

The Huffington Post, commonly called HuffPost or HuffPo, was the as of April 2011 and attracted in January 2012. The site has seen  since its launch in 2005.

HuffPost was founded by Huffington and Ken Lerer with as a . It has often been seen as to the conservative news aggregator .

While HuffPost began with a — it has also invited a to be guest and semi-regular columnists — the site now includes , including sections devoted to such topics as , , , , , , , and, most recently, . HuffPost started its local sites with a  and began moving into international sites . As of 2014 it had , including sites in Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Spain, , the U.K., and , with more than half of its traffic coming from It also to in 2013. In 2014, it announced it would replace its world section with a , founded by Huffington and billionaire investor Nicolas Berggruen.

HuffPost has an iPad magazine, launched in 2012, that was initially 99 cents per issue but .

HuffPost has a , founded in 2012, called HuffPost Live. In 2013, it to air six hours a day of HuffPost Live on Mark Cuban’s cable channel AXS TV.

The site initially received and has been criticized as , , , , , and a .

The latter charge, of aggregating content from other news outlets with no compensation, has prompted the fiercest debate. have , including top editors at the and . HuffPost and other aggregators have also been by , as well as by .

HuffPost  at the time it was bought by AOL, a number that had grown to . Much of its content comes from thousands of , a practice that has since its founding and particularly . Huffington and others at HuffPost have that writing for the popular site gives bloggers .

HuffPost began a in 2008, starting with a edition and eventually expanding into , , and .

The site has developed an active community, drawing  (and as of May 2013), as well as . Its Facebook community has been of any publisher’s page, and its content was the in 2014. CEO Eric Hippeau has as “one part social network, one part news content site.” As of 2012, it had in social and community engagement, plus 30 in comment moderation. In 2013, it , which allow users to isolate individual comment subthreads and view them on a separate page. HuffPost also ended its longstanding practice of allowing anonymous comments, requiring a Facebook login for users to comments.

In 2009, HuffPost launched , a that integrates the API to allow its readers to recommend and share news with friends. The project has helped . In 2010, the site , which rewarded users for engagement within the HuffPost community. It has also of several of its section pages. HuffPost was also one of the  of the publisher program of the social reading app Zite. It has also to allow developers to use its poll data, and has a for its experimental products.

Despite its , HuffPost has . It did not become profitable for the first time . It was when it was bought by AOL in early 2011 and increased its revenues to $40 million by the end of the year. By 2013, it was reported to be under AOL, and in 2014. In 2014, 15% of HuffPo’s direct ad sales .

Original reporting

The site has also expanded into original news reporting. Huffington in 2006, and in 2007, it , a citizen-driven journalism project that covered the 2008 presidential campaign. The site received particular publicity for about “bitter” voters at a San Francisco fundraiser. After the election ended, HuffPost began employing a . Its Washington bureau, which includes former Washington Post reporter (and deputy editor) , also includes dedicated Congressional reporters. OffTheBus was for the 2012 presidential campaign, and HuffPost also on an investigative project into political ad spending during the campaign.

HuffPost also the nonprofit Huffington Post Investigative Fund in 2009. The fund has an and aims to produce stories that can be distributed to other media outlets. It also uses in its reporting. The site’s reporting projects — both and — have , though the Investigative Fund has also for serving the HuffPost more than society.

In 2014, outgoing executive business editor and global editor Peter Goodman arguing that HuffPost’s commitment to in-depth reporting had waned, replaced by a desire for traffic and more measurable productivity.

The site in 2012 for a 10-part series on wounded veterans.

In 2013, the site a blog for their beat.

Sale to AOL

In February 2011,  in cash and stock, furthering AOL CEO ‘s vision of reshaping the company into a news and content titan. Huffington was , which includes not only HuffPost, but also all of AOL’s existing editorial properties, including Engadget, TechCrunch, and Patch. In 2012, Huffington’s to oversight only of HuffPost, which by that time included more than 30 other AOL properties.

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