AOL has officially announced its plans to completely shutdown AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) on December 15th, 2017. The news certainly comes across a bit sad, especially for us 90s kids. Given the fact AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) was the first chat app that gave us our first experiences of social interaction on the Internet.
“AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed. As a result, we’ve made the decision that we will be discontinuing AIM effective December 15, 2017. We are more excited than ever to continue building the next generation of iconic brands and life-changing products for users around the world, writes Michael Albers, communications products VP at Oath.
The first signs of AIM shutting down appeared back in March, when access to AOL Instant Messenger was cut-off from third-party applications. Not to forget, the ever-rising popularity apps like Facebook, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Instagram and countless more has changed the whole dynamics of social interaction on the web, eventually forcing companies to fully retire their classic chat apps.
Back in the 90s, AIM was a hugely popular messenger among users. But with a tectonic shift in the way online communication has changed in the past decade, AOL believes that AIM is no longer required by users.
Such drastic changes also forced companies like Yahoo and Microsoft to shut down their own instant messengers, which were also quite popular between the late 90s and even throughout 2000s. Yahoo Messenger was shut down last year while Microsoft decided to shut down its MSN Messenger in 2014. Finally, it’ll soon be over so AOL Instant Messenger as well, giving us 90s kids a good pinch of nostalgia before it shuts down for good on December 15th, 2017. But there’s no denying that AOL Instant Messenger was the coolest app back in the 90s for millions of Internet users.