AOL Instant Messenger Officially Shuts Down

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AOL shut down AOL Instant Messenger, aka AIM, today after 20 years of existence. 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.

AIM users will always remember their first screenname, organizing buddy lists and being able to chat with friends at home after school.

But as AIM users gravitated to other platforms, AIM went into the same trash can as Yahoo email accounts and Myspace.

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Given the place that AIM had in many people's childhoods (and yes, even some adulthoods) and how steep the valley of its decline has become, it should be no surprise that people reacted with a mixture of sadness, humor, and nostalgia for the lost service. "As a result we've made the decision that we will be discontinuing AIM effective December 15, 2017". AOL instant messenger was one of the first widely adopted online messaging programs, and it served as the primary way for many of us to connect to our friends around the world. We won't forget AIM. "We are more excited than ever to continue building the next generation of iconic brands and life-changing products for users around the world". 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.

Others took the time to write out their goodbyes in the style of a classic AIM away message, with alternating capitalization and asterisks galore.

Yes, your chat history can be viewed and saved.

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