Let's assume there's a wee bit of overlap in those numbers, and that some of that traffic would be siphoned off by Microsoft's enterprise and mobile sites. Still, MicroYahAol would achieve total market saturation -- and instantly make Google No. 2 overall.
In online video, the combined MicroYahAol would have 138 million monthly viewers -- within spitting distance of YouTube (158 million) and far ahead of any other competitors.
In search, MicroYahAol would suddenly own 32 percent of the market; in other words, still lapped by Google (65 percent) but at least it would be less embarrassing.
The question that remains, however, is whether a working business model for the Internet is to produce content yourself (what Yahoo and AOL have been trying to do for the last decade) or to simply make it easy for other people to produce it for you for free, and hoover up all the ad dollars from that content (the Google model). That's the real battle for the InterWebs, beyond the intercompany squabbles, and it encompasses every site that produces content, including this one. That's the real battle for the soul of the Net.
In any case, I'm voting for a MicroYahAol mega merger. At the very least, it would be awfully fun to watch.
(A tip of the Cringe fedora to Google+ user Jake Apperson, from whom I stole part of that headline.)
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