AOL Instant Messenger Will Shut Down for Good On Dec. 15

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Verizon acquired AOL for $4.4 billion in 2015. Its Oath media subsidiary now oversees AOL it and confirmed the move, saying the service “will always have a special place in our hearts.” The unwinding of AIM follows similar fade-outs for messenger apps from once-mighty internet gateways Yahoo and MSN. With the ubiquity of unlimited smartphone texting, social media and tools like Facebook Messenger, the need for AIM and its peers has significantly diminished.

In its day, AOL’s platform was wildly popular, surging from 13 million users in 1997 to 65.5 million users in 2000. Its format, with screen names, away messages and buddy lists created a sub-vernacular as the internet was rocketing to prominence in all corners of society and culture.

Common shorthand and acronyms like LOL are said to have originated on AIM.

As logical as its demise might be, the news still stirred nostalgic wistfulness among web users of a certain age all across social media. Even the typically buttoned-up Twitter handle of the New York Times got into the spirit: “I’d tweet more,” it explained, “but my parents need the computer. g2g bye.”

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FamousPosted:

Decy
Mario350 did people really even still use aim


Alot of people did yes. People still do aswell kinda sucks that its going tbh lol but i guess out with the old in with the new.



Its kinda weird to think that this has been around since beginning of time

DecyPosted:

Mario350 did people really even still use aim


Alot of people did yes. People still do aswell kinda sucks that its going tbh lol but i guess out with the old in with the new.

Mario350Posted:

did people really even still use aim

GrandExchangePosted:

Sad day this will be, this is one of the things that pioneered the internet.

YezzyPosted:

I used to use this often back in the day... rip

-SilkyPosted:

aww rip - used to use this 24/7.

DecyPosted:

Damn.. AOL i haven't even looked at this thing in a good few years. MSN was always king in my opinion tho :P

FamousPosted:

Damn, after all these years its going to be shut down. I know people that a still uses it.

FibrilPosted:

I used to use AIM a lot back in the day, sad to hear its shutting down but it had a great run.

XboxPosted:

Well it was a good run, personally I never used it that much.