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AOL has officially shut down its iconic Instant Messenger


Updated December 15, 2017 09:42 AM EST

AOL officially shut down its iconic Instant Messenger (AIM) service on Friday.

Internet users who visit aim.com are encouraged to "Read more about the shutdown of AIM and what it means for you."

"We know there are so many loyal fans who have used AIM for decades; and we loved working and building the first chat app of its kind since 1997," reads the dropdown under "Why is AIM shutting down?

"Our focus will always be on providing the kind of innovative experiences consumers want. We’re more excited than ever to focus on building the next generation of iconic brands and life-changing products."

Visitors to the site are also informed that there will not be a "replacement product" for AIM.

"As we move forward, all of us at AOL (now Oath) are excited to continue bringing you new, iconic products and experiences," the website says.

Oath had revealed in October that it was discontinuing AIM.

AOL on Friday announced that it would discontinue its iconic Instant Messenger (AIM) service before 2017 ends.

“All good things come to an end,” the program’s official Twitter account posted. “On Dec 15, we’ll bid farewell to AIM. Thank you to all our users! #AIMemories”

The tweet included an animated video of AIM’s signature running yellow man wearing a party hat as balloons drifted away.

“AIM is signing off for the last time,” an AIM message said in the clip. “Thanks to our buddies for making chat history with us!”

Some Twitter users on Friday shared nostalgic memories about AIM, which is ending 20 years after its debut.

The vice president of communications product at Oath, AOL’s parent company, released a statement explaining the internet service provider’s decision.

“AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a culture shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed,” Michael Albers said.

“As a result we’ve made the decision that we will be discontinuing AIM effective December 15, 2017,” he continued.

“We are more excited that ever to continue building the next generation of iconic brands and life-changing products for users around the world.”

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Engadget reported in March that AOL had begun shutting down third-party apps from accessing AIM.

TechCrunch on Friday reported that AIM’s official MacOS, Windows, iOS and Android apps are also winding down.

AIM launched as a standalone app built into the AOL desktop in 1997 but struggled to make the transition to mobile technologies in recent years.

The formerly popular program has since been largely replaced by other outlets like text messaging, Facebook and Google’s GChat feature.

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