RIP AOL Instant Messenger (1997-2017)

AOL Instant Messenger is going to see the end of time.

AIM will authoritatively close down on December 15 following 20 years in existence, its parent company reported Friday. The news denotes the finish of a time for any individual who grew up with the web in the late 90s and mid 2000s.

At the point when AIM launched in 1997, utilizing the World Wide Web required a desktop PC with an awkward dial-up association that tied up the phone lines. AIM set up the web as a place to hang out instead of being a straightforward utility.

AIM offered a stage for people to communicate with humiliating screen names, profiles loaded with colorful text styles and enthusiastic verses, and the greatest number of messages as you could send before somebody in your house kicked you disconnected.

It earned a spot in popular culture, making cameos in You’ve Got Mail and Sex and the City.

But the administration that characterized the web for an age of users neglected to develop with them.

10 years after AIM launched, Apple commenced the smartphone time with the release of the first iPhone. Untethered from their PCs, web users shifted to a scope of informing applications and interpersonal organizations like Facebook and Twitter.

AIM, with a brand perceived by millions, could have profited by this shift and rose as a lead player in the billion-dollar informing space. Rather, it blurred further and further from pertinence.

Oath, the company made not long ago from Verizon’s converging of AOL and Yahoo, recognized this grievous reality in its declaration Friday of AIM’s shutdown.

“AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed,” Michael Albers, VP of communications product at Oath, wrote in a blog post.


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