The End of AIM »

Michael Albers, VP of Communications Product at Oath, the company that now owns AOL, Yahoo and every other dead Internet brand you can think of is here with some sad news:

AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed. As a result we’ve made the decision that we will be discontinuing AIM effective December 15, 2017.

If you’re my age, AIM defined life on the Internet for a long, long time. It’s how I kept up with friends in high school, college and even for several years after that. I’m from a time where you thought long and hard about what your Away Message should say. I spent hours customizing Adium to be just right on my Mac.

Goodbye, old friend. Time has moved on, but we won’t forget you.