Thanks For The Memories: AOL Instant Messenger Shuts Down For Good Today

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AOL Instant Messenger, chopped off at the knees by a horde of similar services, was shut down on Friday but not before some fond farewells on social media.

The web portal announced the news in October via Twitter.

Michael Albers, vice president of communications product at Oath, the newly formed brand encompassing Yahoo, AOL, and a portfolio of other Verizon-owned companies, praised AIM for creating a "cultural shift" but said in 2017, "the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed".

Goodbye, AIM, and thanks for so many great memories. You probably used it at work, maybe you ventured into a chatroom out of curiosity.

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Long gone are the days where parents would mandate time limits on teens' internet usage as you messaged away emojis and emo song lyrics in a chat room with friends. For instance, AOL says that there is not now a replacement product for AIM, noting that Oath is "excited to continue bringing you new, iconic products and experiences". Are you going to miss AIM?

The screen names were embarrassing, your away messages were dramatic, and your "about me" section included the lyrics to "Wonderwall" in a customized font color. After debuting in 1997, it ruled the online chat market, or chatmosphere as I call it, for more than a decade.

I made custom Buddy Icons in Microsoft Paint. Considering the amount of competition it would face from the likes of Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, etc., it's hard to imagine the company bringing out another messaging service, but it could try to take advantage of the nostalgia crowd.

'We are more excited than ever to continue building the next generation of iconic brands and life-changing products for users around the world'. "Someone asked them out, or they got broken up with, or they got in a fight with a friend".

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