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BRB? Probably Not. AOL Says Goodbye to instant messenger service AIM



New York — ( After nearly 20 years, AOL — or Oath as they are now called — will place the final nail in the coffin of the already dead instant messaging service.

On Friday, October 6, 2017, the parent company said “the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed,” and as a result, “we’ve made the decision that we will be discontinuing AIM on December 15,” said Michael Albers, VP of Communications Product at Oath.

Introduced to America in 1997, the real-time messaging service reached its peak popularity in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, offering a way for family and friends to stay connected without using the tangled house phone long before smartphones and SMS text messaging.

The then new digital technology forever changed the culture of communication and paved a way for social media platforms as we know them today. Curating an AOL Instant Messenger profile was a daunting task in itself, which often consisted of a carefully crafted personal quote or the darkest song lyrics.

The iconic Running Man, the Buddy Lists, the creaky and slamming door sounds, and of course the lingo — ROTFLMAO, BRB, ASL — will now be memories burned into the hearts of every 90’s kid.

The company says users can still log in before December 15 to view their account before its all deleted.

So, just as AOL said to all of us as we logged off, we say back to AIM one final time– GOODBYE!


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