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AOL Instant Messenger has just been killed off

By midian182 ยท 8 replies
Dec 15, 2017
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  1. Following October’s announcement that it would soon be closing down, today is the day that AOL Instant messenger (AIM) officially came to an end. Having been around for more than 20 years, it was killed off just a few hours ago. Those of certain age will likely have fond memories of a service almost everyone seemed to use back in its heyday.

    Although its popularity dropped off a cliff during the later part of the last decade, AIM was incredibly popular in the US during the late 90s to mid-2000s. The writing was on the wall for the chat client when AOL (now OATH) announced it was cutting off third-party access to AIM back in March.

    October brought the news many were expecting: AIM would be permanently going dark on December 15. "AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed. As a result, we’ve made the decision that we will be discontinuing AIM,” wrote Michael Albers, Oath VP of Communications Product.

    Like many people over 30, I have fond memories of using AIM and similar services such as ICQ and MSN Messenger during the internet’s earlier years, so today is a bit of a sad day.

    Anyone continuing to use an @aim.com email address will still be able to send and receive emails as usual.

    In a frequently asked questions section regarding the shutdown, AOL says there is not currently a replacement product for AIM, but it is “excited to continue bringing you new, iconic products and experiences.” Considering the amount of competition it would face from the likes of Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, etc., it’s hard to imagine the company bringing out another messaging service, but it could try to take advantage of the nostalgia crowd.

    Goodbye, AIM, and thanks for so many great memories.

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  2. SantistaUSA

    SantistaUSA TS Addict Posts: 106   +27

    I haven't used AIM in years, surprised that was still active! Crazy to think that AOL was the top dog back in the day and now you barely hear about it. I do not miss those cds they would send you for trials.
  3. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,530   +420

    That scramble to get the last few people I talked to on AIM to other services was unreal ha ha ha... but I was using it to the very end.
    SirChocula likes this.
  4. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,150   +3,573

    It was the first and maybe the best ... RIP
    SirChocula likes this.
  5. NahNood

    NahNood TS Addict Posts: 114   +53

    Surprised anything "aol" still existed today. lol
  6. ghostf1re

    ghostf1re TS Maniac Posts: 370   +233

    Man that brings back memories. It's been years since I even thought of AIM, but I used to use it a lot in high school. AIM dying off can pretty much be attributed to the rise of smart phones though.

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,684   +775

    Text messaging and new internet based messenger apps replaced AIM. It sure was useful though in its day.

    But if I want some nostalgia I'll go play Duke Nukem 3D and Quake...
  8. Prosercunus

    Prosercunus TS Maniac Posts: 266   +109

    I was a lot more upset when MSN Messenger went away. I only ever used AOL IM in the late 90's/Early 00's due to an old girlfriend that used it and I never cared for ICQ for some reason.

    Now I pretty much only use Steam and Facebook IM.
  9. VBKing

    VBKing TS Enthusiast Posts: 59   +28

    The Millions to Billions of AOL Coasters (software CDs) still exist.
    They may fill landfills and desk drawers in the older generation's households, but they can never be destroyed.

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