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AOL is shutting down this service after 20 years

AOL is shutting down this service after 20 years
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Instead of picking up the phone and calling someone, in today’s fast-paced society, instant messaging seems so much easier and convenient.

Many corporations even have their own chat system for employees along with online service provider AOL. But is this technology already becoming obsolete?

Say goodbye to AIM

AOL thinks so. Sadly, the company’s long-running instant messenger service, AIM, is going away. Many of you probably had your first experience socializing on the internet with AIM.

Now, AOL has decided AIM is no longer needed and is shutting down the service on December 15. The reasoning behind it is that many of us are communicating in new ways.

"AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed," said Michael Albers, communications products VP at Oath (the Verizon behemoth that consumed AOL).

Access to AIM was already cut off to third-party chat clients in March so in a way, this latest announcement doesn’t come as a surprise. AOL is convinced not many people are using the service so doesn’t think it’ll have a huge impact when it shuts down altogether.

What’s next?

AIM was not only one of the first but the most successful instant messengers. It gained popularity in the late 1990s and into the 2000s.

With the escalation of smartphones, the communication world started changing once again. Text messaging started taking over for desktop instant messaging apps.

Other popular chat apps that have recently shut down include MSN Messenger and Yahoo Messenger. Yahoo, though, recently launched a new messaging service under the same name.

Now, other social apps such as Instagram and Snapchat are growing in popularity. You can also use Facebook, Apple's FaceTime or Microsoft's Skype for your chatting needs. Facebook even simplifies things for straight messaging through Messenger and WhatsApp. Since you’re already logged in and connected to your friends, it’s easy to start up a chat. 

Did you know, though, that you can do a lot more with Facebook Messenger than just sending messages?

Here are 5 Facebook Messenger tricks you'll use time and time again.

Facebook Messenger is one of the world's most popular downloads, with around 1.2 billion active monthly users! Still, most people probably haven't used any of these five features yet. They'll help you boost your privacy, personalize your experience and even receive money!

Click here to find out additional features of Facebook Messenger.

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