AIM Messenger

AOL Instant Messenger

One of the first instant messenger apps.

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Cause of death

AIM never fully figured out how to shift to mobile and was murdered by other messaging apps.

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Lifespan

AIM was born in May 1997 and it died in December 2017.

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Remembered for

AIM was one of the first instant messaging apps and it pioneered the concept of "Away Messages" for modern messaging apps.

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Last known residence

Windows, macOS, Windows mobile, Android, iPhone, Blackberry, and Windows RT.

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