This past week AOL announced it would be shutting down their iconic AIM on December 15th after a twenty-year run. Before Gchat & Google Hangouts, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, or any number of alternatives today, millions of people associated concepts like “screen name” and “buddy lists” only with AOL Instant Messenger. It was many people’s first exposure to chats and instant messaging – undeniably helping to bring this type of communication to the mainstream and pave the way for texting.
Goodbye AIM. We hope you’ll make a return in a new format sometime in the future, but for now we’ll just consider you “In a Meeting”.
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