AOL has opened
its AIM instant messaging network to external developers. Designed to facilitate the development of AIM plug-ins, the creation of AIM user interface applications and the integration of AIM presence information into Web sites, the "Open AIM initiative" will have its own Web site at developer.aim.com
. Developers will be able to find tools there, as well as documentation and much more. Developers are allowed to give commercial use to the AIM plug-ins and applications they build.