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.
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."
One of the features I miss most from my days as a BlackBerry user is BBM, the messaging service. If Boy Genius Report's sources are correct though, Android users and iOS users could be messaging cross-platform. There goes your reason to cling onto your BlackBerry.
My love affair with Lifehacker's Sunday lists continues today as I bring you word of the five best Instant Messenger clients currently available for your pinging pleasure. And I agree with them: I really don't know how I grew up in the 90s without this invaluable tool. Sheer willpower, I suppose. [Lifehacker]
There are two versions of the AIM app in the App Store right now. The free one, with ads, and the $2.99 one, with no ads. They both have push notifications.
The AIM iPhone app has never been great, but it just got some pretty solid features—it pings when you have new IMs, even after you quit the app, and lets you send free SMS messages.
It's been in beta for the last few months, but for Windows Mobile users who'd rather not risk their phone to be a lab rat in a suit, AIM for Windows Mobile is now in final release form. If you are on your mobile now, just go to this link and hit "products" to make the download. If you are on a Windows Mobile device…