Before the rise of social media and smartphones, one platform ruled the realm of online communication: AOL Instant Messenger (AIM).
AIM was launched in 1997 by AOL and became an instant sensation. The internet was a different place back then – a place of discovery – a new frontier – a place that hadn’t yet become the cesspool of advertisements and “infinite scrolling” that it is today. A simpler time.
The iconic sound of a door creaking open and the message alert tone were music to our ears. AIM’s buddy list was our social circle, and away messages were our status updates. The platform wasn’t just about chatting; it was a canvas for self-expression. Customizable profiles with colorful fonts and backgrounds allowed users to showcase their personalities.
AIM finally shut down in 2017. The rise of smartphones and the ubiquity of social media made it obsolete. But the memories live on. AIM was a cultural phenomenon, shaping the way we communicated online and leaving an indelible mark on the internet’s evolution.