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End of an Era: AOL Announces They Are Shutting Down Instant Messenger

By TheBlast Staff

AOL Instant Messenger, the OG app for messaging your work colleagues to complain about your boss, is no more.

The company announced on their site, "We’ve made the decision that we will be discontinuing AIM effective December 15, 2017. We are more excited than ever to continue building the next generation of iconic brands and life-changing products for users around the world."

AIM became popular in the mid-1990s, but starting around 2011 it began to lose ground to Gchat and eventually Slack. On March 3, 2012, AOL got rid of all the development staff for the app and never updated it again.

Hey, AIM ... you're going to delete all our message, right? RIGHT?

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