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 AOL, ICQ and MSN have long been replaced by WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and iMessage, but I'm sure teens of today still use them for the same thing.

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ICQ war the winner in Germany
by cybergorf on Sat 16th Dec 2017 12:34 UTC
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or maybe we were just early adopters: there simply was no MSN from 96 to 99 ... Microsoft was late in the game ... again.

AOL was kind of a closed ecosystem back than, so nobody I knew used this messenger ... to overcome this, AOL bought ICQ in 98 ... and what could have been the standard until today, went downhill as everything AOL touched.

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