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The end for AIM

AOL shut down AOL Instant Messenger, aka AIM, today after 20 years of existence

AOL announced the news in October, stating the service was no longer needed due to the fact that people have new ways to interact, and AIM isn't really popular as it used to be.

"AIM tapped into new digital innovations and sparked a cultural shift, but the way in which we interact with each other has profoundly altered," wrote Michael Albers, communications products VP at Oath.

The shutdown was coming for some time, particularly after AOL withdrawed access to AIM from third-party chat customers in March.

While the service is technically gone, we still have features from the past incorporated into our current platforms. We won't forget AIM.