I found out the other day through an internal company email that AOL has recently purchased two companies as part of its local strategy initiative. I was immensely surprised when checking out one of them, Patch, which is essentially a community-based website geared toward providing info with a small-town flavor. It's quite remarkable how similar this site is to .comU, the original website built by "The Developers." Of course, a lot of things change in seven years, when I first envisioned the website, and make no mistake, I was not the first person to think of the idea. But it is pretty cool to see a purely fictional idea in action, although I wonder if they will create a town bingo like .comU ... that would be fantastic!