AOL has announced that it’s officially shutting down its popular messenger, AOL Instant Messenger, also known as AIM, which was found on many teens computers back in the early 2000s.
Although here in the UK our main instant messenger was MSN Messenger, which met its fate back in 2013, I occasionally dabbled with AIM which was just as popular in the United States back in the early 2000s. Even today, you’ll find emo kids logging in, changing their profile to some meaningful My Chemical Romance lyric, and hoping that their crush will hurry up and log in.
Probably not, but that’s the dream, right?
Anyway, come December 15, emo kids across the globe are going to have to find some other way to communicate their angst to their peers, probably through Snapchat. All the kids are using Snapchat, right? Either way, it’s another end of an era and another memory of how the Internet used to be before Facebooks, Twitters, and Snapchats.
According to AOL, the reason for the closure is because people are using other ways to communicate online, so there’s no need for AIM any more.
“AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed,” writes Michael Albers, communications products VP at Oath – the new company formed by Verizon last year.
AIM has been moving towards this for some time, first by shutting off the mobile app to anyone outside of the US, then by cutting off access to AIM for third party chat clients. And now, come December, it’s finally over.