RIP AIM: AOL instant messenger is closing down after 20 years


In the side-by-side march of time and technology, it is only a matter of time before the old gives way to the new.

It's not the '90s anymore so we really don't have any use for things like AOL Instant Messenger or AIM.

The program will still function until then but after that, users won't be able to sign in and all data will be deleted.

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AOL has announced that it's officially shutting down its popular messenger, AOL Instant Messenger, also known as AIM, which was found on many teens computers back in the early 2000s. AIM got its start as a chat app that was built inside America Online's desktop client.

AIM has been overtaken by other messaging applications and social media amid a growing move to smartphones.

AOL has provided no specific user numbers but one report said fewer than 10 million people were regular AIM users.

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According to Michael Albers, VP of communication for Oath, "AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed,". The Instant Messenger app was mostly used during back in 1997 forward.

With the decline of AOL, the AIM chat service was absorbed by Verizon, until it was combined with their Yahoo! acquisition into Oath Inc.

The company announced earlier this week that the platform will officially be discontinued on December 15, 2017.

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