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AIM Is Officially Dying, And So Is Your Childhood

*~ RIP AIM, 4ever in our ♥ ~*

Posted on October 6, 2017, at 10:41 a.m. ET

Friends, comrades, fellow tweens of the 2000s, we come together today to share some sad news: Our beloved AOL Instant Messenger is finally, officially getting killed.

All good things come to an end. On Dec 15, we'll bid farewell to AIM. Thank you to all our users! #AIMemories…

"AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed," Michael Albers, VP of Communications Product at Oath, which owns AOL, said in a statement.

It will be discontinued on December 15.

People are stunned.

brb AIM. brb forever

~~**dOn't CRy bECausE iT's over, SMiLe bEcaUSe it haPpeNEd*~*~ ;)

goodbye to the greatest conversation i've ever had a thousand times hey hey sup nmu nm


Is it weird that I haven’t used this service in almost a decade but I still find myself profoundly sad?

This actually hit me kind of hard. AIM was most of my social life for a large chunk of my life. #AIMemories

Thnks fr th mmrs

Many are feeling some type of emo-away-message way about the news.

*Updates away message to lyrics from MCR’s “I’m Not Okay.”*

leaving a big, elaborate and infinitely emo away message-sized hole in my heart

hold on i have the perfect dashboard confessional lyric for this

(Though some are...more surprised AIM actually still existed.)

no offense but i thought AIM was shut down years ago

I thought this happened 10 years ago.

Who are we if not our first screen names?

This is a sad moment. Middle school wouldn't have been the same without it! RIP angelbaby0800 (my first screenname…

I believe my screen name was guitarhero3029

Farewell, ponyprincess141

RIP my kewl middle school screen name: QTcaitlin87

My first AIM screenname was “insanemonkey2007” because I was extremely normal.

Man. Farewell to my old AIM name, fastkid190. 😢

Do you still remember your very first screen name?? Mine was “Angelndsgise” 🤦🏾‍♀️ #AIM

*~RIP in peace, AIM~*

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