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Get Ready To Say Bye To AOL Instant Messenger

Shelby Chau / October 9, 2017

If you grew up at the onset at the instant communications age, then you will no doubt know the name of AOL Instant Messenger. Before texting became the norm, teens would’ve been found connected on what was known as AIM while they were online. After all these years, the messaging platform will be signing off for the last time.



On December 15th, the program will be discontinued – a program that has been in existence since 1997. The announcement was made on Friday, October 6th via a tweet.


Those that used the program will remember the installation CD, choosing their first screen name, buddy lists, and creating their own personalized away messages. However, its popularity declined as other technologies gained wider acceptance like cell phones and social media platforms like Facebook.


Unfortunately, after enjoying much success in the 1990s and early 2000s, it seems that it will be putting up its final away message.


How do you feel about the announcement? Did you grow up with AIM or did you only use the communications tools that came afterwards? Let us know in the comments below!


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