Twitter Eulogizes AIM as App Sounds Death Knell


The end of AIM, announced Friday, has put the internet into nostalgia mode as people lose what was perhaps their first online hangout.

In an oddly off-tone, cheery message, AIM announced it was closing with a GIF of its running man logo waving goodbye in a party hat and letting off balloons. “Thanks for making chat history with us,” the GIF says.

AIM, of course, is AOL Instant Messenger, owned by AOL, which is now owned by Oath, a merged AOL-Yahoo venture owned by Verizon. AIM did not make the corporate-mishmash cut, and will shut down in December.

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