AOL Instant Messenger to shut down after 20 years
AOL today shutters AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) — its iconic chat service which debuted in 1997 and was popular in the ’00s.
— AIM (@aim) October 6, 2017
Michael Albers, VP of Communications Product at Oath — the Verizon subsidiary which owns both AOL and Yahoo — said in a Tumblr post that he understands how important AIM was to many people:
I’m not sure how many people will mourn AIM’s loss on a practical level — I haven’t even heard of anyone using it in the last few years, which isn’t surprising given how many more sophisticated alternatives are available. That’s not a dig at the company, for the record: I actually still have my old AOL email address (it was my first, and I’m sentimental).
Whatever its value, or lack thereof, on a modern internet, it’ll be sad to see a piece of Internet history go after 20 years.