We gather not to praise AOL Instant Messenger, but to mourn it. The messaging service that defined a lot of people’s childhoods and shaped the way in which we defied our parents’ instructions to never talk to strangers online is being put out of its misery.
You probably haven’t used AIM in years—your away message may not have changed since 2002, for all you know—but this is a time for reflection and fond farewell to the little yellow guy who was basically our first digital babysitter.
— AIM (@aim) October 6, 2017
Twitter isn’t handling it very well.
— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) October 6, 2017
goodbye to the greatest conversation i've ever had a thousand times
— Daniel Solomon (@Dan_E_Solo) October 6, 2017
Yes, it’s a sad day. Sadder still for My Chemical Romance, who probably are only technically still in existence because their lyrics made up so many AIM messages.
The series will officially set itself to away for good on December 15.