This may be your last chance to get in touch with an old «buddy», as AOL’s Instant Messenger, launched in May 1997, shuts down for good next Friday, having served large portions of the Internet community for 20 years.

So in about a week’s time: Requiescat in pace, AIM.

The Rise and Fall of AIM, the Breakthrough AOL Never Wanted

When we think about the spectacular collapses of once untouchable Internet properties, companies like MySpace and come to mind. The rise and fall of AOL Instant Messenger rivals them all. Once the dominant force in digital messaging and a source of innovations other companies spun off into billions of dollars of businesses, AIM is now mostly dormant. Mashable sat down with three of the early engineers of the program to learn about its origins, why AOL never quite embraced the concept of a free messaging service, getting hacked by Microsoft and the features that never quite made it to users.

via The Rise and Fall of AIM, the Breakthrough AOL Never Wanted.

Du store, husker du den? Effing blast from the past! Jeg har visst fortsatt en brukerkonto, når jeg tenker meg om.

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