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Michael Albers, VP of communications product at Oath – the company created following Verizon's 2017 merger of AOL and Yahoo – eulogized AIM in a nostalgic Tumblr post."If you were a Nineties kid, chances are there was a point in time when AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) was a huge part of your life," he wrote.
"You likely remember the CD, your first screenname, your carefully curated away messages, and how you organized your buddy lists.
AOL is shutting down its instant messaging service, AIM, after a two-decade run.
The company announced Friday that the chat app, which launched in 1997, will "no longer work" as of December 15th.
Right now you might be reminiscing about how you had to compete for time on the home computer in order to chat with friends outside of school.
You might also remember how characters throughout pop culture from You've Got Mail to Sex and the City used AIM to help navigate their relationships.
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Millennials’ sense of textual irony was fine-tuned on AIM long before there were Sunday Styles pieces about using periods in text messages, essays about email style.
In the days before texting, i Message, Gchat, Facebook Messenger, and Slack became standard, cross-generational communication modes, AIM was a place for teens to figure out who they were.
I forgot my password long ago; in two months, it will be joined in the internet graveyard by my Buddy List and whatever archives of chat histories, away messages, and profiles that AOL maintained as AIM users moved on to newer, hotter social networks. The girls I knew in high school still call me by my first AIM screenname, “henbod,” whose origin story is, I assure you, even more embarrassing than it sounds.
Nowadays, the trend is to lament the sliding of face-to-face conversation into digital messaging: mom texting instead of yelling up the stairs, my editor sternly typing to me from a neighboring desk in our open-plan office.