AIM Going Bye-Bye
AOL Instant Messenger, also known as AIM, is going bye bye Dec. 15, 2017, as the company is doing away with the program.
Soon the days of chatting, and putting an away message with a screen name will be gone. We will all still have other chatting programs like Google Hangouts, Slack and HipChat that we can use though.
Up until Dec. 15, 2017, AIM users will be able to use their copy of AOL Instant Messenger, but after that they will only be able to ponder in the great, or, bad memories that they had with AIM.
Back in middle school and high school we used to chat with classmates, family, friends and co-workers from jobs that we had, especially over the Summer season, and months.
If we were away we put the standard, “I am away from my computer right now,” away message, or a custom one that we created, and could save, and when we returned we took it off, and the digital yellow message pad was removed from the left side of our screen name also known as an SN.
Sometimes we had messages waiting for us to read from people on our lists of friends, family in their respective categories on our list of people on AIM.
Some people who sent us messages had already signed off by the time we came back to our computers, and were dimly italicized in the form of their screen name so we sent them a reply to their message, although they were signed off, so that they would see our response to their message(s) when they signed on again.
This was also noticeable because the digital sound of a door opening could be heard through our computer screens or in silence if we had the sound on our computer off, and their screen name would appear in bold on the right-side of the door after it opened letting us know that they were signed back onto AIM, and would now receive our response to their message, and then reply back to us, or do nothing, depending on what the context of the message was.
AIM was also once a program, in and of itself that we could download as a separate program to be installed on our computer. It was also a program that we could use if we had AOL as an Internet Service provider to check our e-mail, browse the Internet and chat with people online, and then eventually download from AOL’s website, aol.com, and aim.com when the company made AIM available, and AIM e-mail addresses available, and accessible to everyone to use when AOL subscribers signed into their account to check their e-mails if they had e-mail accounts with the Internet service provider, or just use the program if they did not have an account with AOL, or use the Internet provider’s services on their website like e-mail, and AIM, unless a new computer they purchased, and bought, and, or used from another person, or store, or online retailer already came equipped with the program allowing them to sign in to their AOL, or AIM account(s) if they had the services, or sign up for an account to use the service if they didn’t register with it.
A story can be told that someone who was able to use AIM before it went online, and as part of the computer used it, and then it did not work so they resorted to, and stuck with downloading, and using AIM when logging into their account online on aol.com, and aim.com.
AIM then became accessible, and in sync with compatabilities of technology company Google’s Google Chat, gchat feature of its account program, at which time the person did not use AIM, especially when logging into their AOL, AIM account online anymore, very rarely if at all, and instead just used the gchat online instant messaging chatting feature before Google recently ended gchat, and stuck with their new service called Google Hangouts, which Google transitioned into many months before officially switching from the good old gchat option to Google Hangouts – which prior to the change gave users the option to use Google Hangouts if they had a Google e-mail account, or go back to gchat depending on whether they liked, and liked to use Google Hangouts or gchat.
As it was with Microsoft’s MS Paint program, and the software giant doing away with the computer program starting with the next update of their Windows 10 operating system this Fall season, and specifically Oct. 17, 2017, but keeping MS Paint available in the Window’s app store for people who still wanted to be able to obtain it, and the like, as a way, and in order to adapt with the times, and be innovative to better serve its users, customers and the like, AOL has done the same with their soon-to-be in the history books AIM instant messaging service with no copy available in another online space, but AOL more vastly as a whole being included in a new company name of Oath after recently being bought by Telecommunications company Verizon, and being combined with Internet services company Yahoo to form the new company in the merger.
We await what will be next after AIM. In the meantime, AIM users need to save all of our personal information on AIM before AIM is taken off the Internet for good, and memories are all that exist.