End Of An Era: AOL Instant Messenger Shutting Down

Come December, AOL Instant Messenger will be gone forever.

It has been announced that, as of December 15 of this year, AOL’s Instant Messenger will cease to exist.

In a statement released by Oath, the new entity formed by Verizon which combines AOL and their recently-acquired Yahoo, the service will be terminated.

“AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed,” said Michael Albers, vice president of communications product at Oath.

AIM was a personal computer staple when it initially launched in 1997, serving as a prototype for currently popular apps such as Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. But, AIM failed to make the seamless transition to mobile, where most users operate instant messaging services.

Current AIM users will be able to manually download any files or images they have  before the service is complete done. However, they will not be allowed save or export Buddy Lists, the contact group used on AIM.

With that, millions of 30-somethings are pressing play on Boyz II Men’s  “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday” in their Sony Discman.

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