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    Goodbye AOL AIM

    The pioneering chat app that taught us to text is pulling the plug.

    On December 15th, AOL Instant Messenger will shut down after running*since*1997.

    AIM dominated online chat in North America at the turn of the century. But with SMS and social apps like Facebook and WhatsApp having conquered chat, AOL is giving up the fight with no planned replacement.

    So who here used to use this "texting" before it was texting?

    After a night of partying, many times my friend and I would get back to our apartments, log on and go into some chat room where one of us would just be some type of weirdo and the other would be some "helpful stranger"

    Using AIM, we'd set up some stupid conversations and make it look like we didn't know each other.

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    I️ had no idea it was still going...

    Man, that was all I️ ever used in college...technically, it was how I found about 9/11...I️ woke up in my dorm room and jumped on my computer, started an AIM conversation and got the old “omg, did you hear?” No what? “Turn on the TV”


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    Does aol still have chat rooms ?

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    Oh man. Surprising to see how many memories are coming back when you mention this.

    AOL IM.

    Jesus.

    I can't even tell you how many good, bad, and ugly conversations I had on that program over the years. It was what people used to talk to each other once up on a time. True confessions time here - my username was smoovbusta. I meant it as kind of a joke for people who know me, since I'm the whitest of the white...
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    America Online will always hold a special spot in my memories. I worked there nearly 10 years that started in the mid '90s. it was an amazing time to work there!

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    Once upon a time people used land line phones that had a party line! Those were the days.

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    What?? I sure hope my Rates go down then
    Let the MLB know you’d like to see UD back. The license comes up in a couple years and they listen on social media.

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    My parents still had a rotary dial phone in their house until about 10 years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BBCgalaxee View Post
    So who here used to use this "texting" before it was texting?
    never was a member of AOL or used AIM, but I used to use Yahoo Instant Messenger which was probably equivalent.

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