If you're a millennial, there's a good chance you had an AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) account growing up.
AIM undoubtedly revolutionized interpersonal communications, particularly for the then-younger set, and ushered in the model of instantaneous communication that we today regard as normal. Prior to AIM, if you were a youngin', likely the only way you communicated with your peers was via face-to-face contact in school or after-school activities.
When AIM came around, however, it fostered a space for both connectivity and individuality. We swear, we were thinking just last week about how today's communication platforms stifle our creative impulses. Whereas in the days of yore, we were free to choose our screen name (SN, for short, if you're not a lame!), profile, all the background and text colors within your profile, the typeface in which your messages appeared, and your avatar. Today's platforms, however, only really grant you the freedom for screen name, image, and bio choices. Boring! We think it may be time to revert back to the days of AIM and Myspace, no joke!
But although our love for AIM, those incessant door opening and door closing sounds and away messages live on, the platform, after 20 years of existence, is *door slam sound* signing off for good this December 15. AOL sent messages to users this week detailing the archaic messenger's expiration date in addition to announcing the news on its Twitter account.
Pour one out for the era when "POS" meant person over shoulder, not piece of s**t, and when we were only available to respond when seated at ye olde PC, as opposed to today, when we're tethered to our so-called smart phones.
What's your favorite AIM memory?
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