It’s not the ’90s anymore so we really don’t have any use for things like AOL Instant Messenger or AIM. And that is why AIM will be shut down on December 15.
Oath has confirmed this. Oath is the Verizon subsidiary that holds the combined operations of AOL and Yahoo.
It served us well, way back when, but now it is time to move on. At the time it was truly something that made communication easy for people and that’s why people loved it. But with Facebook and other services today, poor AIM has nothing to offer. AIM got its start as a chat app that was built inside America Online’s desktop client. It became popular in the late 1990s when it has launched as a standalone app.
It has been almost 20 years since AIM was first launched. The way we communicate is faster and more efficient than it has ever been. We have moved on from AIM in other words. Michael Albers, VP of Communications Product at Oath, has confirmed the decision to discontinue AIM effective December 15th, 2017. It will be missed by those who used it and remembered fondly no doubt. I bet it brings back a bunch of memories.