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 AOL, ICQ and MSN have long been replaced by WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and iMessage, but I'm sure teens of today still use them for the same thing.

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What killed AIM?
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Fri 15th Dec 2017 21:14 UTC
Bill Shooter of Bul
Member since:
2006-07-14

Trying to remember what happened.

What replaced AIM?

Doesn't help that I left civilized society when AIM was king, and came back and found it a wasteland. Was that when people just started texting? Or was Google Chat a thing?

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RE: What killed AIM?
by WorknMan on Sat 16th Dec 2017 15:26 in reply to "What killed AIM? "
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

What replaced AIM?


When it comes to IM, I think people usually just gravitate to whatever most of their friends/family use. In my case, that's Facebook Messenger. But I've probably used most of them over the years - Yahoo, AIM, ICQ, MSN, IRC, etc.

Edited 2017-12-16 15:27 UTC

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RE[2]: What killed AIM?
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Mon 18th Dec 2017 19:03 in reply to "RE: What killed AIM? "
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Understood. I just couldn't remember what people moved to after AIM. After consulting some of my friends, they confirmed my guess of google chat/ texting.

From there, I we kind of stopped Instant messaging. Texting occasionally, FB messanger occasionally. Still google hangouts every now and then.

Its kind of fragmented and random, but with more facebook becoming a larger part.

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RE: What killed AIM?
by bassbeast on Sun 17th Dec 2017 00:37 in reply to "What killed AIM? "
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

The...gag...FB Messenger. IDK how many times I've told friends "Sorry but if you want to talk to me send me an email, not loading that battery sucking spyware onto my smartphone".

Ya know that is what I miss about the old days...everyone didn't have some nasty hidden agenda. We had programs (not APPS, you can stick your apps where the sun doesn't shine) and they did one thing and WE were in 100% control. If you wanted to use it you launched it, when you were done you shut it down, easy peasy.

Nowadays you have to practically have a phone stinger to insure that hidden data isn't being siphoned off any mobile device you use and you have to watch your router like a hawk just to make sure some company you could trust yesterday hasn't turned nasty today (see Mozilla pushing ad plug ins, Forecastfox turning evil, etc) because everything wants to run in the background and nobody can be trusted.

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