AOL Announces the End of Instant Messenger

The messaging app 90s kids grew up with is putting up its final away message.

 AOL has announced that it will discontinue Instant Messenger (AIM) on December 15, after 20 years of service.

AIM Tweeted a video Friday with the caption "All good things come to an end," to announce the impending shutdown and thank the millions who have used the service.


"If you were a 90s kid, chances are there was a point in time when AOL Instant Messenger was a huge part of your life," Michael Albers, VP of Communications Product at AOL's parent company Oath, said in a statement. "You likely remember the CD, your first screenname, your carefully curated away messages, and how you organized your buddy lists."

The advancement in technology lead to steep declines in the service, with the introduction of cell-phone-based text messaging and social media leading to its now-planned demise.

"AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift," Albers said, "but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed."



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