Did you even know it was still around?
AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) is dead. Actually, it’s about to die this December 15th. AIM, once an extremely popular messaging platform, has seriously fallen off the radar, and that was not a recent occurrence. With the advent of readily available smartphones, and society’s move to a mobile first approach, AIM never really had a chance. Or, more likely, AOL never took a chance with it.
AOL’s parent company, Verizon, has recently combined AOL and the newly acquired security nightmare which was Yahoo into a new entity called Oath. In a statement from Oath vice president of communications Michael Albers, “AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed.” That’s putting it lightly.
Any current users should proceed to download any images or files that are stored in AIM before the service is taken down. User’s will not be able to export or save their Buddy Lists, so if you still have any buddy’s left on AIM, you might work on a contingency plan now. I would of course suggest BBM.
If you were like me, you likely didn’t even realize AIM was still around. And come December 15th, it will be no more. Still, it’s sad to see something that had such early tech influence come to an end.
AIM, we bid you adieu.
source: USA Today