It’s a sad moment: AIM, AOL’s long-running instant messenger service that was core to many people’s first social experiences on the internet, will shut down once and for all on December 15th. AOL announced the shutdown today, acknowledging that people now communicate in new ways online, so AIM is no longer needed.
“AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed,” writes Michael Albers, communications products VP at Oath (the Verizon behemoth that consumed AOL)
One last kick in the balls to end this week. How about AIM just piling onto the bad news. God forbid you wait until Tuesday, and at least give me one last long weekend. Back in middle school, AIM was life. My AIM profile was my original blog, I just didn’t know it yet. I would spend hours trying to think of funny away messages, and boy was I good.
I once dated a girl exclusively through AIM. Like I’d mack game on her through AIM, then see her in school and wouldn’t acknowledge her existence. Looking back, it was actually the healthiest, and probably the most serious relationship I’ve ever been in. Young me knew how to keep them hoes in check.
I was actually able to log into my old AIM, and it is just how I left it. It wasn’t that hard, considering the password I used for AIM in sixth grade is the same one I use today for everything in my life. I’m basically the Equifax of online security. I logged in, and still had the same away message I last wrote in sixth grade, which was:
That’s status is equally concerning, and impressive. I wrote that when I was 11 years old. It might come off as a little offensive, but you have to admit that’s good for a sixth grader in Catholic School. I was writing racial jokes on the internet before I could do basic algebra. While all the other kids were playing PlayStation 2, I was doing the exact same thing I’m doing now, writing stupid jokes on the internet. This blog, and everything else about me, all can be traced back to this AIM away message. It all makes sense now. I thought I was new at this stuff, but apparently this has been going on for the past 11 years.
With all this out there, I think I have to lead the charge to bring AIM back. AOL is discontinuing it in December, but I truly believe that if enough people sign into their old profiles and use it consistently, we can save it. With that said, for now on, I will only be reachable through AIM instant message. I will not answer texts, phone calls, DM’s, or snapchats. If you want to get in touch with me, I recommend logging into AIM and praying that I’m online. Don’t put it past me to pull the old trick of going invisible and lurking to see who’s on. That was the original way to turn of your read receipts.
So add me, BigTim2495, which is a hall of fame username. AIM Forever.