My AIM is through

Truth be told, I wasn’t entirely sure it was still around:

It’s a sad moment: AIM, AOL’s long-running instant messenger service that was core to many people’s first social experiences on the internet, will shut down once and for all on December 15th. AOL announced the shutdown today, acknowledging that people now communicate in new ways online, so AIM is no longer needed.

“AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed,” writes Michael Albers, communications products VP at Oath (the Verizon behemoth that consumed AOL).

ICQ, the Israeli-developed instant-message client that AOL owned from 1998 to 2010, continues under Russian ownership.





1 comment »

  1. Wombat-socho »

    9 October 2017 · 3:52 pm

    Nice Elvis Costello reference there.

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