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AIM will shut down after 20 years

Discussion in 'Gadgets and Technology' started by Dead2009, Oct 6, 2017.

  1. Dead2009

    Dead2009 Well-Known Member

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    https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/6/16435690/aim-shutting-down-after-20-years-aol-instant-messenger

    This is truly the end of an era.
     
  2. tongaloosh

    tongaloosh Active Member

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    Not gonna lie, I'm a little bummed by this. Oh sure I have plenty of other (modern) ways of communicating with friends and family, but using AIM was a nice bit of "living nostalgia" for me, too. Ah well...
     
  3. hakunamatata

    hakunamatata Love Me Some Fast Passes Premium Member

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    Wow. I feel old.
     
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    Bob President of the US Virgin Islands Premium Member

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    Probably a consequence of eating so many flour tortillas.
     
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  5. SeanWM48

    SeanWM48 Well-Known Member

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    boy. AIM was the place to be after school at night back in the early 00s.

    also was kinda sad to see the IMDB shut their forums down. now THAT was the end of an era.
     
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  6. fox_198

    fox_198 Well-Known Member

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    Even though I haven't used AIM regularly in around 6-7 years, I will miss it dearly when it's gone. It was one of the last remnants of Web 1.0 that I used. AIM had infinite times more characters than a vast majority of the bland instant messaging applications today. I used to browse AIM Expressions for hours on end just to find the perfect profile picture, wallpaper, smileys (not emojis!), and sound effect. Before I had Facebook, I would use the AIM Lifestream feature to keep up with what my friends were doing. My friends slowly stopped using it over the course of 2010-2011, and with barely anybody left, I was forced to move on. I still checked in every now and then just for the memories though my and my friends' lifestream posts were long gone.

    This is just another step in AOL's long, painful demise.
     
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  7. tongaloosh

    tongaloosh Active Member

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    Oh man, I'd forgotten how much of AIM could be customized! I miss that, especially the sound effects :(
     
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  8. hakunamatata

    hakunamatata Love Me Some Fast Passes Premium Member

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    Probably another unfortunate consequence of the pending catastrophic failure of ESPN.
     
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  9. fox_198

    fox_198 Well-Known Member

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    I don’t see how this is connected.
     

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