Twitter co-founder Biz Stone can add a new job title to his long list of professional accomplishments: strategic advisor for social impact at AOL. The new role for Stone (who will be keeping his day job at Twitter) coincides with a “30-Day Service Challenge” that Arianna Huffington is kicking off Monday.
Biz Stone announced his new role in a post on his personal blog. Stone, who has always been Twitter’s socially conscious voice, will advise AOL (specifically its new Huffington Post Media Group) on cause-based initiatives and best corporate practices for philanthropy and corporate responsibility.
In a related blog post, Huffington announced AOL’s new social challenge. “Starting today and throughout the month, AOLers and HuffPosters (who are now AOLers!) will be volunteering in their local communities … in addition, today on every section of HuffPost we’re featuring stories about organizations and individuals who are taking action to help others,” Huffington wrote.
According to AllThingsD, Stone will be getting a piece of AOL equity in return for becoming an advisor to the rapidly evolving company. The deal isn’t about Twitter partnering with AOL, but Stone striking a deal with Huffington.
AOL could use some positive press after it announced hundreds of layoffs as part of its acquisition of The Huffington Post. Since then, some of its highest-profile writers and editors have announced their departures, including Engadget Editor in Chief Joshua Topolsky. A charity campaign should probably do the trick.