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From: Wee Shorty McNaughty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostOct-6 4:53 PM 
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AOL Instant Messenger shuts down after 20 years

AOL Instant Messenger is about to put up an away message forever.

AIM will officially shut down on December 15 after 20 years in service, its parent company announced Friday. The news marks the end of an era for anyone who came of age with the internet in the late 90s and early 2000s.

When AIM launched in 1997, using the World Wide Web required a desktop computer with a clunky dial-up connection that tied up the phone lines. Perhaps more than any other product, AIM helped establish the internet as a place to hang out rather than being a simple utility.

AIM offered a platform for people to express themselves with embarrassing screen names, profiles filled with colorful fonts and emotional lyrics, and as many messages as you could send before someone in your house kicked you offline.

The product earned a coveted spot in pop culture, making cameos in You’ve Got Mail and Sex and the City.

But the service that defined the internet for a generation of users failed to evolve with them.

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From: krathyn (Phantom7031) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostOct-6 5:10 PM 
To: Wee Shorty McNaughty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (2 of 39) 
 5295.2 in reply to 5295.1 

hard to believe!

i first found Delphi in dial-up....

 
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From: Wee Shorty McNaughty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostOct-6 5:11 PM 
To: krathyn (Phantom7031) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (3 of 39) 
 5295.3 in reply to 5295.2 

Hi!  I've been search news and eating lunch lol

Same here!  I had a dial up, this was in the days before cable...  

 
 
 
 

 
From: krathyn (Phantom7031) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostOct-6 5:14 PM 
To: Wee Shorty McNaughty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (4 of 39) 
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they did really start something!

 

 
From: Wee Shorty McNaughty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostOct-6 5:17 PM 
To: krathyn (Phantom7031) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (5 of 39) 
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They really did!

 
 
 
 

 
From: krathyn (Phantom7031) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostOct-6 5:25 PM 
To: Wee Shorty McNaughty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (6 of 39) 
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and how many Internet Service Providers are there now?

and there  are still dial ups but only used by the very young and poor

  • Edited October 6, 2017 6:39 pm  by  krathyn (Phantom7031)
 

 
From: Wee Shorty McNaughty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostOct-9 3:36 PM 
To: krathyn (Phantom7031) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (7 of 39) 
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Not that many, most are huge corporations now days

 
 
 
 

 
From: krathyn (Phantom7031) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostOct-17 3:20 AM 
To: Wee Shorty McNaughty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (8 of 39) 
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AOL seemed like a huge corporation when i first heard of it

 

 
From: Wee Shorty McNaughty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostOct-17 11:00 PM 
To: krathyn (Phantom7031) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (9 of 39) 
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With the rise of high speed internet, and the fall of dial up, they really had to make changes or they'd  have been gone too.  I like their IM, it's sad to see it go

 
 
 
 

 
From: krathyn (Phantom7031) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostOct-18 3:51 AM 
To: Wee Shorty McNaughty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (10 of 39) 
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 i will miss it too, it was an ikon
 

 

 
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