AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) is a pioneer of instant messaging in the digital age. Before the arrival of WhatsApp, Telegram or Line. Unfortunately, AIM should close the age of its 20th anniversary. AIM announces the closure of services as of December 15, 2017. As stated on its website page.
“We’ve been there so many loyal fans who have been using AIM for decade. We love working and building the first chat app of its kind since 1997”. That is AIM quote Tech Crunch as saying on Sunday (08/10/2017).
In the early days of the internet presence in the community. AIM became an ornament for those who wanted to communicate through instant messaging applications. AIM, which emerged since 1997, was initially integrated into the AOL desktop which was later released as a stand-alone download for Microsoft Windows.
Verizon, which acquired AOL in 2015 and merged it into a unit called Oath this year. Than this will reveals that it is working to create new services to replace the instant messaging app.
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At that time, as an instant messaging provider. AIM competed with ICQ, Yahoo Messenger, and MSN Messenger win the hearts of internet users.
The AIM began to low with the presence of Facebook, BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), WhatsApp, Telegram, and Line. Lost competition, causing companies that used to have a value of USD 224 billion. But after another company rising the value fell drastically to USD 4.4 billion when sold to Verizon in 2015.
“Our focus will always be to provide consumers with the innovative experience we are more passionate about than ever to focus on building the next generation of iconic brands and life-changing products,” says AIM.
“From the perfect messaging settings to the familiar chats of incoming messages, AIM will always have a special place in our hearts,” AIM told users via email.
AIM has been overtaken by other messaging apps and social media amid the growth of smart phones.
Facebook’s Facebook and Facebook Messenger each have more than one million billion users worldwide.
AOL Instant Messenger already has a specific number of users. But the app is reported to have fewer than 10 million regular AIM user