AIM, aka AOL Instant Messenger to you kids too young to understand (but still old enough to own an iPhone?), was the only way to chat up your crush in the late ’90s to the early 2000’s. Subtweeting? Vague Facebook statuses? Psssh, you should have seen the away messages some people put up.
Unfortunately, after 20 years, AIM will be no more. Oath, the poorly named parent company of Verizon, Yahoo, and AOL, released this statement earlier today:
AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed. As a result we’ve made the decision that we will be discontinuing AIM effective December 15, 2017. We are more excited than ever to continue building the next generation of iconic brands and life-changing products for users around the world.
RIP AIM. You were always there for me when I had the nerve to hit up the cutest kid in 6th grade.
[Via The Verge]