An End to AOL Instant Messenger

Oct 7, 2017

AOL will discontinue its Instant Messenger platform on December 15. The platform will come to an end because “the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed,” said Micael Albers of AOL’s parent company. After December 15, users will no longer be able to sign in and all data will be deleted. When it launched in 1997, it was a revolution in online communication. In 2001 “it claimed more than 100 million registered users.” It allowed “instant access to friends and contacts on a user’s ‘buddy list.’” AOL was protective of its system and did not allow rival systems to communicate with its Instant Messenger platform. The popularity of the messaging system “waned amid the rise of text messaging, Google Chat and social networking sites.”