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  1. #1
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    Exclamation [EN] AIM is shutting down on December 15

    Louise Matsakis
    Oct 6 2017

    One of the former most popular and influential instant messaging apps in the world, AOL Instant Messenger, or AIM, is shutting down on December 15, AOL announced on Friday. But if it weren't for a Federal Communication Commission (FCC) regulatory decision in 2001, we might all still be using it.

    Sixteen years ago, the FCC, the regulatory body responsible for things like television and radio, approved a merger between American Online and Time Warner, but with several conditions. As part of the deal, AOL was required to make its web portal compatible with other chat apps.

    The government stopped AOL from building a closed system where everyone had to use AIM, meaning it had to adopt interoperability—the ability to be compatible with other computer systems.

    The FCC required AOL to be compatible with at least one instant messaging rival immediately after the merger went through. Within six months, the FCC required AOL to make its portal compatible with at least two other rivals, or face penalties.

    "What interoperability said in 2001 was that the relationships you have on AOL messenger are your relationships. And if you want to use a different product to access those relationships, you can," Matt Stoller, a fellow at the Open Markets Institute told me on a phone call.

    The FCC's decision changed how we communicate with each other on the internet. By forcing AIM to make room for competition, a range of messaging apps and services, as well as social networks emerged. Instead of being limited to AIM, people who used AOL's portal could choose other platforms.

    The FCC imposed the restrictions on AOL because the merger with Time Warner created the largest biggest media business in the country. Government regulators feared that the behemoth would become a powerful monopoly, particularly when it came to instant messaging. At the time, AOL had over 140 million customers—or 90 percent of the market— using AIM as well as its other chat service, ICQ, combined.

    The FCC's decision to force AOL to remain open provides a blueprint for how the government could similarly regulate today's gigantic internet platforms, like Facebook.

    Stoller said you can look at Facebook as having egregious control over our relationships on the internet, or what he calls the "social grid." If Facebook were forced to make room for other services on its platform in the same way AOL made room for other chat apps, new services could emerge.

    Of course, people can opt out of Facebook and choose to use other, smaller social networks. But those businesses are essentially unable to thrive because of the hold Facebook has on how we communicate online. All our friends and family are already on Facebook, and because the platform is not regulated to allow competition, it's incredibly difficult for other, newer ones to emerge.

    The FCC's decision freed other companies to build new, better instant-messaging apps without AOL standing in their way. And frankly, AIM wasn't able to keep up with them. The AOL/Time Warner merger turned out to be a disaster, and AOL couldn't figure out how to make much money from AIM, which was a free service.

    If Facebook were to actually compete in the market, it might die too. And in its place, something better, or at least different, could emerge.


    https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/a...acebook-ending

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    One Last Away Message


    AOL has posted their final away message in what could be considered the end of an era.


    Michael Albers, VP of Communications Product at Oath

    If you were a 90’s kid, chances are there was a point in time when AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) was a huge part of your life. You likely remember the CD, your first screenname, your carefully curated away messages, and how you organized your buddy lists. Right now you might be reminiscing about how you had to compete for time on the home computer in order to chat with friends outside of school. You might also remember how characters throughout pop culture from “You’ve Got Mail” to “Sex and the City” used AIM to help navigate their relationships. In the late 1990’s, the world had never seen anything like it. And it captivated all of us.

    AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed. As a result we’ve made the decision that we will be discontinuing AIM effective December 15, 2017. We are more excited than ever to continue building the next generation of iconic brands and life-changing products for users around the world.

    Thank you to all of our AIM users. And definitely stay tuned as we’re fired up to provide more products and experiences that people around the world love.

    https://aimemories.tumblr.com/

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    It's time to let the Running Man run free

    "RIP, AIM. Thanks for being useful in talking to people I was too afraid to talk to in person."

    Raisa Bruner
    Oct 06, 2017

    AIM — AOL's instant messaging service, which predated today's Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, iMessage, Slack and so many other forms of chat — is officially shutting down and signing off forever on December 15, it announced Friday, after 20 years in operation.

    A generation of internet users were introduced to the concept of socializing through a (desktop) screen thanks to AIM, with its iconic "Buddy List," emo, song-lyric-laden away messages, and a minimalist profile page that let kids (and adults) craft a virtual persona full of inside jokes and Comic Sans font use. AIM was also a great place to develop a chill relationship with your middle school crush, who you could casually hit with a "Sup?" in the after-school hours.

    Of course, the internet is not letting AIM die in silence. No, people are really letting their feelings out about this ending era. From the memorable sounds the app played to the screen names that defined identities to the now-ubiquitous online shorthand that it spawned (g2g! idk! brb! nm, jc! LOL), here's how AIM is getting memorialized.

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    http://time.com/4972583/aim-ending-reactions/

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