Au revoir, AOL Instant Messenger. The texting before texting, technology’s step up from two plastic cups with a string in the middle. Today, AOL announced that AIM will put up a permanent away message on December 15 after two decades serving the people of the internet as the first instant messaging platform.
I mean, realistically, no one has used AIM since like 2004, but kids of the 90’s remember this platform being a life-changing social tool that got us through middle school, early high school, first crushes and friendship drama.
So, us millennials took to 2017’s version of AIM, Twitter, to express how we really feel about the end of a very important pre-teen era. It was a good run, and we’ll NeVeR FoRgEt yoU, AIM.
We committed all of the sound alerts to memory
Screen name creativity was a huge priority
And we got REALLY into showcasing our favorite inspirational quotes
Now, we feel really old to lose a piece of “new” technology
It reminds us to listen to a nostalgic playlist on our iPod Nano
It taught us about internet safety before internet safety was a thing
And reminded us how important our crushes were to us
Away messages were a space to tell everyone how popular you were
We’re just happy we’re old enough to drink in celebration of its life
But most of all, we know the memories will last forever
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