AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) Goes Dark December 15, 2017


Did you get an email like this?

“Dear AIM user,

We see that you’ve used AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) in the past, so we wanted to let you know that AIM will be discontinued and will no longer work as of December 15, 2017. “

That made me think back.

It’s the end of an era for people who were using the Internet in its earliest days. AIM was the beginning of the mass use of persistent online presence and communication. Texting was for geeks and initially, IM was as well. But that changed fast with Instant Messaging becoming popular in a way that texting wouldn’t for years.

How many services do you use today with built-in presence and chat? It’s so ubiquitous we no longer think of it.

But, it wasn’t that long ago that everything was different.


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