Kids growing up in the late 90s and 2000s surely remember AOL Instant Messenger, which rose to fame as the leading service of its kind. But as childhoods ended, so too has AIM, with its demise coming by the end of the year.
AOL announced Friday that AIM will be discontinued on Dec. 15, ending a service that was one of the hallmarks for millennials across the world.
The news was announced on Twitter, which was one of the mediums that led to AIM’s downfall. Twitter, along with Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and WhatsApp are a few of the services the new generation of chatters and former AIM users have embraced.
Of course, instant messaging became a lot easier with smart phones, as Apple’s iPhone rose to power around the same time AIM began a downward spiral.
AIM was created in 1997, and though it was rivaled by Yahoo! Messenger and MSN Messenger, it stood tall as the most popular messaging service of its time.
AIM’s stock began to decline by the mid-to-late 2000s, and by 2011, AIM held just a 0.7 percent share of the world messenger market, according to a 2014 article from Mashable.