Signing Off: AOL Instant Messenger Officially Closes Down

Yolanda Curtis
December 16, 2017

AIM may be ded, but our memories will live on 4ever.

When I heard the news, my mind flashed back to the boxes full of America Online CDs in every store, to the dubstep-like beeps and boops of a 28.8K modem connecting to the Internet, and AIM chat rooms providing a real-time connection with people around the world long before social networks accomplished the same task.

The death of AIM comes after Microsoft killed MSN Messenger in 2014, following its purchase of Skype. A large number of today's 30 and 40-somethings can more than likely recount stories of late nights spent chatting with friends through AIM.

Farewell, AIM. We hope that somehow you'll ~BrB~. Even Mark Zuckerberg built Facebook's original chat feature as a reaction to the way AIM was designed. You see this same basic design in Apple's now-dead iChat, and in Google Hangouts and Slack, the post adds. And AOL Instant Messenger isn't the only turn of the century vanguard to fall on hard times; Microsoft shut down MSN Messenger in 2014, while Yahoo Messenger closed up shop past year. "It helped me understand internet communication intuitively and emotionally in a way that people just a few years older may have only considered intellectually".

Others took the time to write out their goodbyes in the style of a classic AIM away message, with alternating capitalization and asterisks galore. AOL shut down its instant messaging service on Friday, December 15th.

We're more excited than ever to focus on building the next generation of iconic brands and life-changing products. AIM's influence and legacy continues in all of them.

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