Talk about AIM messenger, and people who grew up during the 90s will get nostalgic. The messenger that was launched as AOL Instant Messenger, popularly known as AIM, will close after 20 years. Oath, the current owner of AIM, has announced that it will close down the chat service on December 15, 2017.
When Oath was asked about the reason behind this decision, it stated that the concept of communication and the dynamics behind that have changed. After Dec. 15 the service will cease to exist, and all customer data will be erased.
The company has not commented on any replacement for AIM; however, Oath stated that it will continue to come out with unique products. The sad part for users of AIM is that they won’t be able to export their Buddy List. AIM does not have an export function, and all the data will be gone after December 15.
When this news was disclosed, the Twitter world was totally disappointed and surprised to hear this.
The good news is that certain aspects of the chat tool can be saved or exported. For example, the chat logs and files transferred between two users can be exported. Oath has created AIM Help Pages to guide users on how to do it.
Some people are still contemplating as to why AIM is being shut down and not sold off to another entity. That question remains unanswered. However, the fact of the matter is that this brings an end to a long journey.