If you are still one of those who have an AOL Instant Messenger account, now might be a good time to start saying your goodbyes. The pioneering chat app is, at last, pulling the plug. The morning of December 15th will bring an end to AOL Instant Messenger, after running since 1997, for 20 years.
“We know there are so many loyal fans who have used AIM for decades; and we loved working and building the first chat app of its kind since 1997,” wrote AOL. “Our focus will always be on providing the kind of innovative experiences consumers want. We’re more excited than ever to focus on building the next generation of iconic brands and life-changing products.”
The company’s plan is to shut down all AIM services other than @aim.com e-mail addresses. Any images, attachments, or transcripts you have, will get deleted, so might need to save your data.
Launched as a standalone app in 1997, AIM was the instant messaging platform of the Internet’s golden years. The service has had a pretty good run, 20 years to be precise, which is no doubt a very long time on the Internet.