Back in early October, AOL announced that AOL Instant Messenger, known simply as AIM, would be shutting down on December 15, 2017. Well, the day has come—AIM is officially dead.
It's death was a longtime coming with chat services like GChat and social networks like Facebook rendering AIM irrelevant for more than a decade. The AOL team doesn't actually give a specific reason for , but lack of users——is likely the killing blow.
But despite its obsolescence, AIM soldiered on more as a beloved relic of the past than any kind of useful online tool. AOL confirms that there's no replacement for AIM in the works though the company says they'll be bringing "new, iconic products and experiences." Whatever that means.
So another online icon bites the dust, but also lives on in the millions of kids who used AIM as their social network training wheels. RIP.