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"So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye." Back in October, it was announced that AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) would be shutting down for good later this year. Well, that December 15th execution date has arrived, and it's time to say goodbye to what was once an extremely popular way for friends and families to communicate at the dawn of the internet age. AIM managed to stick around for two decades, but it hasn't really been relevant for half of those years. The rise of smartphones and text messaging left AIM by the wayside. In addition, modern alternatives like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Snapchat have flourished thanks to constant innovation. "If you were a 90’s kid, chances are... Read more...
Let's pour one out for one of the first instant messaging applications that many of us ever knew. As a freshman in college, AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) became a quick way for me to keep in contact with friends across campus, setup study groups or just chat for hours on end. And you couldn't walk down any dorm hall in the evening without hearing the distinctive sounds of messages being sent and received. Well, after a twenty-year run, AOL has announced that AIM will go offline permanently on December 15th, 2017. You can blame the death of AIM on the rise of text messages and messaging apps like WhatsApp and Snapchat. Our social interactions are also dominated by the likes of Twitter and Facebook... Read more...