AOL Instant Messenger Throws in the Towel


While writing this post, I can't help but hear faintly in the background the sounds of old school dial up and the greeting 'You've Got Mail'.  How quickly and dramatically things have changed from the old dial up days of AOL until today.

After 20 years, AOL announced today that it will be ending AOL Instant Messenger (AIM).  The service is scheduled to be shut off and discontinued on December 15th.

“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, vice president of communications product at Oath, the parent company of AOL, said in a statement on Friday.

Aside from this shocking announcement by AOL's parent company today.  I was more shocked to learn the service was even still active.  When was the last time you used AIM?

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