RIP AIM: An era of truly embarrassing communication has ended

RIP AIM: An era of truly embarrassing communication has ended

AOL Instant Messenger is officially offline after 20 years.

The messaging program became wildly popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s as more households began owning computers and the internet grew.

But as internet moved away from dialup and smartphones over took desktops as the primary means of digital communications, AOL's business declined, and the company spun out in 2009.

AIM users will always remember their first screenname, organizing buddy lists and being able to chat with friends at home after school. Officials with AOL said in October that data associated with the app will be deleted and warned that users would have to save their images, files and chat history before December 15, if they hoped to keep it.

While many people haven't used the service in years, the news was met with mixed emotions across social media, with many sharing nostalgic messages about growing up with AIM. If you're looking for an all-encompassing AIM alternative, this handy Chrome extension lets you access Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Slack, Google Hangouts, Discord, Steam chat and more from a single window. Parent company AOL purchased Time Warner in the biggest USA merger to date in 2000.

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AOL has been hinting at AIM's discontinuation for some time, even pulling the service from third-party clients this past spring.

Farewell, AIM. We hope that somehow you'll ~BrB~.

Kyle Orland on Ars Technica, writes about how Away messages were turned into a creative outlet, "A lot of the early Away Message use in my group of friends was merely functional: "Away at class, ' or 'I'm asleep"..." As of this morning, AIM has been shut down for good, so hopefully you got one last chat session in before it went dark.

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