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 AOL, ICQ and MSN have long been replaced by WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and iMessage, but I'm sure teens of today still use them for the same thing.

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Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Fri 15th Dec 2017 20:06 UTC
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MSN was predominant in Europe, or if not that ICQ.

I've still not gotten over MSN being shut down, that is, I've not been using any IM system since and I'm at a loss as what to use -- the new stuff has too much of an agenda. I miss the simple days of 1:1 chat and not this 'social' element every company is pushing. I think I shall have to sail to the East into the land of IRC where all grognards eventually end up.

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