AOL recently announced that their popular instant messaging service (AIM) will be discontinued on December 15th of this year. Since 1997 AIM has changed the way we communicate and was one of a kind. This new is coming as quite a shock to many but appears to stem from the merger between Yahoo and AOL (now collectively known as Oath), which is a subsidiary of Verizon. According to AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, “Billion+ Customers, 20+ Brands, Unstoppable team. #TakeTheOath”. My guess is that Oath is looking to the future and is focusing their resources on producing new and exciting technologies. Their notice of AIM’s termination stated,
“We are more excited than ever to continue building the next generation of iconic brands and life-changing products for users around the world.”
Will AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) Be Replaced?
The short answer – No, and it’s mostly due to the new corporate direction they are taking as Oath. Here is an FAQ Page that explains how you can get your chat and other data out of the platform prior to December 15th. It’s also worth noting that if you have an @aim.com email address, you will still be able to send and receive email. As a kid growing up in the 90’s I have mixed emotions about the termination of AIM yet it had a good run. It will forever hold a place in my heart.
Here is what Michael Albers, VP of Communications Product at Oath had to say,
If you were a 90’s kid, chances are there was a point in time when AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) was a huge part of your life. You likely remember the CD, your first screenname, your carefully curated away messages, and how you organized your buddy lists. 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 mgiht also remember how characters throughout pop culture from “You’ve Got Mail” to “Sex and the City” used AIM to help navigate their relationships. In the late 1990’s, the world had never seen anything like it. And it captivated all of us.    AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profroundly changed. As a result we’ve made the decision that we will be discontinuing AIM effective December 15th, 2017…Thank you to all of our AIM users.
And definitely stay tuned as we’re fired up to provide more products and experiences that people around the world love.”
And now… A moment of silent reminiscence #AIMemories