AOL Instant Messenger Has Been Discontinued

Friday marks a sad day for fans of AOL’s Instant Messenger: the service has been discontinued.

Users who visit are redirected to a support with details on its demise.

Oath, the new entity formed under Verizon combining AOL with the recently-acquired Yahoo, revealed in October it would end AIM, as a host of new platforms such as Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp have surfaced.

“AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed,” said Michael Albers, vice president of communications product at Oath.

AIM was a staple of personal computers since first launching in 1997. However, AIM couldn’t make the seamless transition to mobile, where most users rely on instant messaging services.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Brett Molina