On December 15, 2017, American Online (AOL), is pulling the plug on its "Instant Messenger", on its twentieth birthday. A company called Oath is killing the messenger.
Goodbye, AIM. Goodbye Little Running Guy. It's been a decade or better since you delivered a message to me.
I wore my fingers out using you, but, you were never allowed to develop into anything to make money. You were a skunk-works project that caught fire, but because AOL at the time, 1997, was a subscription based operation nobody at the company gave serious thought to making you work for your money. You were used and abused and used some more -- and now there are apps that ape your technology, such as What's App, Facebook Messenger and WeChat. You can read about this messenger caught short, right here.
Last week, I also reported on how I joined MySpace.com, after not being active on it since George W. Bush's first term. I am happy to report I now have a "friend". I have no idea who this friend is, but it is my first one on my new MySpace account. I checked and absolutely nobody I know is on MySpace. Too bad, I'm tired of a "facebook" and I want my own "space" on the web. Maybe this new "friend" is from outer space. We have yet to communicate.
AOL is now owned by something called Oath, which has decided that the little running guy is done. For nostalgia sake Oath should flood the mail with CD-ROM's of their various brands, just like AOL in the day.