Farewell, AIM: AOL Instant Messenger is shutting down

When you wanted to chat with someone on the internet before Facebook, before other chat programs. There was AOL Instant Messenger (IM) and I used it a

 lot. We had it at work to communicate with our team members. I talked to one of my sisters.

History of IM

It was integrated into the AOL Desktop you know when you got connected to the internet with AOL, that was the desktop. It was later released as a standalone download. Since everyone didn’t use AOL, I know shocking. I didn’t. At one point AOL IM had 52% of the market.  It competed with the following:

  • ICQ
  • Yahoo! Messenger
  • MSN Messenger

MSN messenger was a Microsoft product and they battled it for a while. MSN tried to log onto MSN services and AOL servers at the same time. AOL didn’t like that and blocked access for MSN access to their servers.

In 2011 it started the downfall for AOL IM. In 2012 they killed off the development for AIM. So after 15 years, AOL wouldn’t be developed anymore.


End of AOL

This brings us to this point in time where on Oct. 6, 2017, it was announced that AIM would no longer be developed and would be gone on December 15, 2017.

What I used

I used AOL, MSN, Yahoo! And now I use pidgin for work. To be honest, I haven’t used AIM in a long time. It must be at least 8 years, it could be longer. I used MSN for a while but now it is one of the following:

  • Facebook
  • IMessage
  • What’s up
  • Texting

Or all of the three.

So take a look at what PC World had to say about this.


AOL’s AIM is shutting down, 20 years after its debut.

Source: Farewell, AIM: AOL Instant Messenger is shutting down

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