The End of An Era: Goodbye AIM

One last 'away' message


AIM, AOL’s instant messenger, is shutting down after 20 years.

As shocking as it may seem, AIM is still around but is scheduled to shut down for good later this year. AOL made the announcement Friday morning with the headline “One Last Away Message.” They added that AIM “tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed." AOL plans to end its services completely by December 15. AIM was a huge part of peoples’ lives in the 90's, particularly. You may be thinking about the opening and closing door sounds that would appear and disappear to show which of your friends on your Buddy List were active or not. On the messenger, users could send direct messages to friends or away messages with icons for more engagement. The messenger service required you to download its software and create your own AIM username. Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, and Instagram are some of the innovations that made AIM irrelevant. Although AIM did lead to one thing that isn't going anywhere: shorthand language.

Acronyms like BRB, LOL, OMG, TTYL and ROFL are still used today. 

If you’re sad to see AIM go, you might be able to catch an Uber ride with Elwood Edwards, the voice behind AOL’s “You’ve Got Mail” greeting.

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