Logging off: AOL discontinuing pioneering Instant Messenger

TTYL, Instant Messenger. 

After 20 years of service, AOL pronounced it is discontinuing a pioneering Instant Messenger discuss platform.

An essay on AOL’s website posted Friday says AOL Instant Messenger will be dropped on Dec. 15. AOL says it’s shutting down a module since a concentration is “on building a subsequent era of iconic brands and life-changing products.”

AOL Instant Messenger, or AIM, was an iconic present messaging service, famous for a yellow male idol and friend lists that authorised business to see that of their friends were online. Yet consumers have shifted divided from AOL as good as AIM, relying instead on texting on smartphones, Twitter, Facebook and other amicable media. 

“If we were a 90’s kid, chances are there was a indicate in time when AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) was a outrageous partial of your life,” wrote Michael Albers, clamp boss of communications product during Oath, in a blog post. Oath is a new code for a total AOL and Yahoo. “You expected remember a CD, your initial screenname, your delicately curated divided messages, and how we orderly your friend lists.”

He added, “The approach in that we promulgate with any other has profoundly changed. As a outcome we’ve done a preference that we will be discontinuing AIM effective Dec 15, 2017.”

After that date, users won’t be means to pointer in.

AOL Instant Messenger was extravagantly renouned in a late 1990s and early 2000s and claimed some-more than 100 million purebred users in 2001. Its recognition as a communication apparatus waned amid a arise of content messaging, Google Chat and amicable networking sites.

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