Its the end of an era. The beloved messaging service of an entire generation, AIM, is set to finally shut down.
AIM — short for AOL (America Online) Instant Messenger — was initially integrated into AOL Desktop before being released as a stand-alone download by AOL in MAy 1997. During the late-1990s and early 2000s, it was the leading instant messaging app in North America.
After more than 20 years, the chat service will finally shutter, when AOL closes the doors on December 15th.
For those who don’t wanna give it up, users will have to move over to newly adopted platforms like SnapChat, Facebook Messenger, or WhatsApp.
AOL dropped a semi-sad email about the news this week.
The end of an era. pic.twitter.com/BBID3LyYsl
— Stephen Hackett (@ismh) October 6, 2017