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.
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.
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.