When was the last time you logged on to AOL Instant Messenger to K.I.T. with family and friends? If you're like me and the rest of the world, then the last time you used AIM was probably in the early to mid-2000s.
Now, here we are in 2017, dedicating all of our time and attention to other similar apps such as Google Chat, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp. AIM got the memo and have announced that they will call it quits on December 15, 2017.
It's sad. I know. But with the ever-changing technology, did you really think AIM was going to be here forever? Just like all good things of the '90s—Backstreet Boys, mood rings, and butterfly hair clips—, the renowned chat service has become nothing but a memory.
If you're a '90s child, here's a look back at how crucial this service was in our life.
One of the best parts of AIM was the option to change your screen name over and over and over again. Having a new nickname every month was totally a thing. I still remember some of mine (don't ask): BSBFREAK, Nick'sGurl15, Raver_Chick, CP_Chica_05, Chacho's_Chacha.
Buddy icons were the emojis of the '90s! There were SO MANY OPTIONS, including a Britney Spears one, a Christina Aguilera one, a fairy one.
Think Facebook statuses of the '90s. This is where we would let our friends know that we were still online but that we would return once Boy Meets World goes to commercials. It's also the spot to send a message to your crush, because YOLO!
This was the go-to font for every '90s kid using AIM, BTW.
A/S/L was cool and totally a thing waaaaay before BRB, LOL, LMAO, WTF, and SMH! This popular online term was used in AOL chat rooms, where people would ask around "age/sex/location" in hopes of making friends or hooking up.
SmarterChild was a bot, but somehow, holding conversations with it was fun! Kind of like chatting with Siri on your iPhone.
TyPiNg LiKe ThIs
d0NT crii becuz itz 0VER.— your away message (@YourAwayMessage) October 6, 2017
SM!LE becuz it hAPPENEd.
- aUDREY. hEPBURN. (0R SOME1) -
BeCaUsE iT's So DaMn TiMe CoNsUmInG bUt So DaMn CuTe To LoOk At.
These sounds are pure nostalgia...
Only a real, internet devoted '90s kid will understand the heart-pounding feeling of the opening and closing doors in AIM. Was my crush signing on or off?
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