Friday, October 6, 2017

R.I.P. AIM & YGM.

Yes, some people still use Instant Messenger but that will change by the end of this year. AOL announced today:

If you were a 90’s kid, chances are there was a point in time when AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) was a huge part of your life. You likely remember the CD, your first screenname, your carefully curated away messages, and how you organized your buddy lists. Right now you might be reminiscing about how you had to compete for time on the home computer in order to chat with friends outside of school. You might also remember how characters throughout pop culture from “You’ve Got Mail” to “Sex and the City” used AIM to help navigate their relationships. In the late 1990’s, the world had never seen anything like it. And it captivated all of us.

AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed. As a result we’ve made the decision that we will be discontinuing AIM effective December 15, 2017. We are more excited than ever to continue building the next generation of iconic brands and life-changing products for users around the world.

 Thank you to all of our AIM users. And definitely stay tuned as we’re fired up to provide more products and experiences that people around the world love.
The only constant is change.  

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Honestly, I don't even really know what those ARE. Am I supposed to have been using them? Then again, Lexus pestered me for months, about some shit about "connectivity" in my new LS, and I've managed to survive fifteen years without really learning how to text on any of my phones.

I also have no clue how to use the GPS map crap in my car, or how to program the infinitely-adjustable seats, or do the fancy "resume" thing on the cruise, or use the "paddles" on the last car's steering wheel, or...

Now, it seems that I can't even operate a fuckin'-dam COPIER, anymore, since even THOSE are suddenly ridiculously needy. Apparently, I lack the manual dexterity to stroke a copier's touch-screen just-right.

Luckily, I have expendable personal assistants, to learn and manipulate all the temporary technologies which would complicate my life. I feel very sorry for people who can't delegate this garbage to others.

Anonymous said...

3:15. Evidently you don’t have adult (over 18) children or grandchildren who you communicate. My wife finally caved and starting texting. Evidently this generation only answers their. Phones on rare occasions, I had to learn how to use GPS in order to find my way. Around Atlanta,Dallas, Houston. I’m amazed that I ever found anything before, but I did. Must say GPS is much easier It’s kind of like indoor plumbing, you don’t have to have it but it sure makes things more pleasant.

Anonymous said...

Dang, Narcissist much @3:15???

Anonymous said...

@ 3:53 - You sound like a real pleasure to work with/for. Luckily for us we are not one of your "expendable" assistants who handle all your garbage.

Did you really mention your "Lexus" because you can't operate any of the cars features and are too lazy to look at the manual? Or did you mention your Lexus just so we would know you have a Lexus and assistants?

Love it when Mercedes and Lexus owners wear the ball caps, huge key rings, or shirts. I always say "whoa, that guy owns a Mercedes and a key ring" LOL

Anonymous said...

Bizarre trolling, 3:15

Anonymous said...

@3:15 might be as incurious as they come.

Anonymous said...

Color me stupid. I've had AOL for years and suddenly they charge me almost six bucks a month and I cannot find my files or my favorites. I have tried to contact them but was told I will have to 'upgrade' to another plan in order to talk to them. But I have hope.

Anonymous said...

. . @ 6:50pm . . what files ?? . . . favorites of what ?? aol e-mail IS still free (( fgree to use )) https://help.aol.com/articles/aol-advantage-plans

Anonymous said...

I tried to contact customer service at AOL on my Motorola bag phone but I couldn’t understand the person on the other end. With that being said I hooked up my windows 95 computer to my phone jack and something called “win sock” started making this funny weird noise.....after 5 minutes I tapped a few keys and my screen froze......oh well.

John Dough said...

What is YGM?

Check the writing and see if you really want to go the way of Mr. 3:52.

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