AOL and the little yellow buddy. 

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Farewell, AIM. 

AOL Prompt Messenger, one of many extra standard types of communication within the early days of the web, goes darkish on Dec. 15, AOL, now often called Oath, stated on Friday. 

AIM was as soon as one of many dominant on the spot messaging platforms on the web, helped by the huge variety of dial-up subscribers utilizing AOL web service. After launching in 1997, it loved its peak within the late ’90s and early 2000s.

However newer companies provided by Google and others displaced AIM, and it misplaced most of its relevancy when customers more and more turned to their smartphones, which introduced the rise of WhatsApp, Line, Fb Messenger and a myriad of different companies. 

Oath, a unit of Verizon, stated it’s shutting AIM all the way down to concentrate on new merchandise, and there could be no alternative for AIM. 

Oath stated that the goal.com e-mail area will nonetheless work. 

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