Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Dec 2017 19:01 UTC
Internet & Networking

As of December 15, 2017, AOL Instant Messenger products and services will be shut down and will no longer work.If you are an AOL member, AOL products and services​ ​like AO​​L Mail, AOL Desktop Gold an​d Member​ Subscriptions will not be affected.​

Many Americans have memories of AOL Instant Messenger I'm sure - probably memories of talking to your crush late at night, or planning evenings out drinking with friends. Here in The Netherlands we used MSN Messenger - I have those same memories, just from a different client. AOL, ICQ and MSN have long been replaced by WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and iMessage, but I'm sure teens of today still use them for the same thing.

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Wow
by darknexus on Fri 15th Dec 2017 19:43 UTC
darknexus
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My first thought was: this is the end of an era. My second thought was: wait, AIM was still running? My third thought was, AOL still exists as software at all?
I do have a lot of memories of AIM, but oddly enough, I had just as many friends who used MSN and even some Yahoo. I think there was one person I chatted with that used ICQ and insisted they wouldn't use anything else, but eventually I got rid of ICQ (though I still remember my ICQ number).
And yes, all these have mostly been replaced and yet... we still have to have three messaging apps on our devices to keep in touch with everyone. Oh how far we've come?

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