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 AOL, ICQ and MSN have long been replaced by WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and iMessage, but I'm sure teens of today still use them for the same thing.

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replacements it outlived
by MadRat on Sun 17th Dec 2017 06:24 UTC
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AIM really wasn't anything new when it rolled out. mIRC and ICQ were dominant over AIM for as long as I remember. Wasn't nettalk already built into Win95? AIM couldn't even dominate that until Microsoft killed it. And then we had web-based sites like Talkcity. Funny how AIM outlived so many of its replacements.

AIM always had instant recognition with its logo. AOL spent quite the money on AIM in its ad campaigns. Although it's easy to identify, in my opinion it was never dominant. It was never an enigma like usenet.

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