RIP AIM: AOL retires its pioneering Instant Messenger app


October brought the news many were expecting: AIM would be permanently going dark on December 15.

Users who visit are redirected to a support with details on its demise.

While many people haven't used the service in years, the news was met with mixed emotions across social media, with many sharing nostalgic messages about growing up with AIM.

Sklar mentions how the Buddy List wasn't an AIM feature from the start; at first, users had to request information about their contacts' online status one at a time, and they even had to know the person's username to do it. A large number of today's 30 and 40-somethings can more than likely recount stories of late nights spent chatting with friends through AIM.

"AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed", AOL said in a blog post. "As a result, we've made the decision that we will be discontinuing AIM", wrote Michael Albers, Oath VP of Communications Product.

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Although its popularity dropped off a cliff during the later part of the last decade, AIM was incredibly popular in the United States during the late 90s to mid-2000s.

'We are more excited than ever to continue building the next generation of iconic brands and life-changing products for users around the world'.

The shutdown was coming for awhile, especially after AOL revoked access to AIM from third-party chat clients in March. It is where some people learned to flirt, and where others stayed connected with friends after moving away.

Yes, your chat history can be viewed and saved.