Before the age of smartphones, AIM was one of the first and most popular instant messaging platforms used for computers. Unfortunately, smartphone apps have taken over the internet so AOL will shut down AIM after 20 years. AOL announced that AIM will be gone forever on December 15th.
Michael Albers, Communications Products VP at Oath (a company owned by AOL and Verizon), says that AIM is not needed anymore because of new ways to communicate via 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,”
This announcement is actually not very surprising considering that AIM couldn’t be accessed via third-party chat clients earlier in March. This will most likely not affect a lot of people because they’re using new apps and software to chat, but it’s still a sad moment for the tech world.
In a world where a lot of people own smartphones, AIM didn’t really have the chance to survive. Most people nowadays are using apps like Kik, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, etc, to chat super easy with their phones.
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