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AOL’s Online Messaging System Will Be Discontinued

AOL’s online messaging system will be discontinued.

After 20 years of existence, AOL’s online messaging system will be discontinued in December. Once used by numerous people, at 9:15AM, on October the 6th, AOL tweeted: “All good things come to an end. On Dec 15, we’ll bid farewell to AIM. Thank you to all our users! #AIMemories.”

Oath is the new entity formed by Verizon, combining Yahoo with AOL. That company also said in a statement: “AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed. If you were a 90’s kid, chances are there was a point in time when AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) was a huge part of your life. You likely remember the CD, your first screenname, your carefully curated away messages, and how you organized your buddy lists,” the company said. “In the late 1990’s, the world had never seen anything like it. And it captivated all of us.

That is the truth. I remember using their online messaging system so many times throughout the 90’s and early 2000’s. Sadly, AIM was unable to make the transition to mobile, which FB Messenger did so well. Users still can download any image or file on AIM before the service shuts down. Thank you for the memories.

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