AOL to retire iconic AIM messenger

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AOL announced Friday that AIM will be discontinued on December 15, ending a service that was one of the hallmarks for millennials across the world.

Say goodbye to the place where LOL made its way into everyone's everyday lexicon: as of December 15, AIM will no longer be around.

Users will be able to manually download any images or files on AIM before the service shuts down.

AIM, of course, is AOL Instant Messenger, owned by AOL, which is now owned by Oath, a merged AOL-Yahoo venture owned by Verizon.

But AOL's power has long ago faded - and now AIM is riding off into the sunset. "Definitely stay tuned as we're fired up to provide more products and experiences that people around the world love".

AOL Instant Messenger is about to put up an away message forever. As a freshman in college, AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) became a quick way for me to keep in contact with friends across campus, setup study groups or just chat for hours on end.

In a blog post announcing the news, Michael Albers, VP of Communications Product at Oath, described the important of AIM while admitting that the messaging service hasn't been relevant for many years.

The announcement comes after AOL started scaling AIM back in March when it ended third-party access to the chat service. But people who want to save their Buddy Lists full of emo screen names and eRraTiC LetTeR CaSInG are out of luck.

The platform grew from 13 million users in 1997 to 65.5 million in 2000, before computer message enthusiasts went to Facebook and other social media platforms.

Emails were sent to current AIM users to notify them of the pending shutdown, which will not affect @aim.com email addresses. "And it captivated us all". Back in 2014, Microsoft shuttered MSN Messenger and just previous year; Yahoo Messenger was given the ax too.

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