For many people, it was their first social experience.
20 years later, AOL Instant Messenger will shut down for good.
AOL Instant Messenger, or as so many millions know it as AIM, will be logging off for good December 15, 2017.
In March of this year AOL started hinting to the shut down of the iconic system when they decided to cut-off third party access to the messenger platform.
Our Yellow Running Man is Ready to Retire
AIM launched in 1997 and was one of the first widely used, free instant chat services. As Albers noted in his blog post, AIM became something of a symbol of the late 90s and figured prominently in movies like “You’ve Got Mail” and TV shows like “Sex and the City.”
But AIM, and AOL as a whole, fell on hard times as technology advanced and SMS grew in popularity. By 2012, AOL had cut most of the AIM staff in an effort to reduce costs.
Verizon acquired AOL in May 2015 for $4.4 billion, or $50 per share. Since then, Verizon has acquired Yahoo and merged the two companies into a new division called Oath
Do you remember your first AIM Screen Name?