December 15, 2017 will mark the end of an era, It was earlier announced that AOL’s instant messenger will forever log off at the end of year. It seems today that every application available has a built-in messaging feature, connecting with people is always at your fingertips with Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook messenger and a slew of other apps that download in minutes if not seconds.
Rewind to about 15 years ago, Social media was not the behemoth it is today, phones were just that, phones. Computers in homes were more of a thing now and most people had made the jump from 56k to DSL or cable connections. Although it was not as widely used for its first years AIM quickly rose in popularity. It was a means to easily communicate for teenagers and young adults of that era. Planning with friends or chatting with that special someone for hours after school was a past time for many including myself. I was one of the many who had no other means to the outside world other than my PC. AIM was an avenue I used to communicate school mates and even the romantic interest who would later become my wife.
That familiar log in screen, or iconic door sounds when friends would log in and out will resonate forever with nothing but good memories. The thought and importance that you put into your away message at the time meant something, whether it were song lyrics or a quirky message, it was as important as any fashion statement.
“AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed,”
-Michael Albers,Communications VP at Oath (AOL parent)
It is sad to see such a great thing go, but with so many technology advancements it just became outdated. Maybe it is just nostalgia goggles, but it is truly sad when it is time to say goodbye to something so wonderful that connected so many.