Today is another sad day, a Friday like so many others save for one tear-jerking bit of news: AOL announced its Instant Messenger will die on December 15th. It was 20 years old.
In what feels like a death blow to everyone’s early-Aughts nostalgia, it looks like AOL will soon cut off third-party access to its famous Instant Messenger service. The service turns 20 years old this year, and at this point, it’s unclear if it will see its 21st birthday.
It's a fact of life nowadays: you start coming up with usernames before you are mature enough to come up with usernames that aren't completely stupid and totally embarassing years down the line. I did it. You did it. It's both something to be ashamed of, but nothing to be ashamed of being ashamed of. It's time to…
A great collective whine is currently echoing across the interent as people find themselves locked out of their AIM accounts. It turns out getting customer support with a decade (plus!) old AIM account after AOL abandoned it is tricky.
Multiple outlets reported yesterday that AOL was potentially planning to kill off its AIM messaging platform. Today, the company has responded with a strongly-stated, albeit off-the-record, "Nuh-uh, not us."
A long time ago, when people dialed (as in telephones) into Unix machines in some closet or college campus, they used a command called "w" to see who was also on the machine.
There's nothing better than showing up to work, signing into AIM, and engaging with a sexy stranger, right? Those are the principles America was founded on! But how to know if you're talking to a heartless chatbot? Make 'em laugh!
You're working. A chat window pops open. It's your mom. "How are you today?" Another window fires; your roommate. "Bro, check this video!" Oh, here's one from your boss, he wants to know if you've seen his pen. Goodbye, productivity.
Before Twitter was public, it was just an AIM hack on Jack Dorsey's pager.
The Vulcan mind meld between AIM and your Gmail buddies is in effect—though it doesn't appear to have been officially announced. Sending a message to a friend on the other side is just as easy as we'd hoped.
On Monday we reported on AIM's kind-of-sort-of-secret new video chat site. As of today, it's official, and it's just the beginning of a new direction for the hoary chat service.
So, AIM, the bloated bygone beast, has actually spawned a pretty terrific little blossom. Although only for DOUBLE SECRET PROBATION INTERNAL AOL USE at the moment, "AV by AIM" is great. Ad hoc video chat, decent quality, free, zero setup.
Everyone eventually trades up from the AIM app to IM+ or BeeJive or Meebo, but the free AIM app for the iPad actually looks decent.