AOL’s Instant Messenger “AIM” is signing off for the last time Friday.
After 20 years of service, AOL announced that on December 15th, it is discontinuing it’s Instant Messenger chat platform.
According to AOL’s website, all Instant Messenger products and services will be shut down and will no longer work as they focus on “building the next generation of iconic brands and life-changing products.”
All personal data associated with AIM will be deleted, and nothing will be transferred. This includes AIM’s iconic “Buddy Lists”.
The following AOL features are being impacted and will become unavailable in AOL Mail, according to AOL’s website:
- AIM chat
- Contacts screenname field and AIM column in the list view
- Contacts avatar icons
- Sent emails Chat and Text options when clicking on the recipient
- Mail settings
- Compose option to “Show AIM presence icon in signature”
- Filters and Alerts ability to send an alert to AIM or mobile phone
- Calendar Settings Default Reminders AIM and Text options, and another link AIM mobile setup
- AIM tab
AIM was popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and claimed more than 100 million registered users in 2001, according to CBS.