If you were a teenager in the early-to-mid 2000s with an internet connection, chances are your social life depended on a little instant messaging platform called AIM. AOL's claim to fame among young millennials was their (now drastically outdated) IM platform, with its iconic chat sounds and singular features like colorful text and intricate away messages.

It does not seem like an exaggeration to say that current messaging platforms like Facebook Messenger or even Tinder would not be the same without AIM, at least insofar as how familiar most people are now with the concept of chatting online. But it has been years, and in fact almost a decade, since AIM was really a thing. So Friday, AOL announced that it will finally kill off its once popular platform come December. 

"In the late 1990s, the world had never seen anything like this," Michael Albers, VP of Communications Product at Oath, the company that owns AOL, said in a statement. "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." (What an understatement.)

Whatever your favorite part of AIM was—the unbelievably important away messages, chatting with SmarterChild when you were bored out of your mind, whatever carefully curated system you invented to organize your buddy list, that iconic little amorphous yellow man logo, or logging in and out to get your crush’s attention—you can bet your ass you miss that much simpler time, even if only a little bit.

Even if most of us have not used AIM for the better part of a decade, we can still be sad that the platform that taught us to be passive aggressive with our emo away messages is dying.

But one of the best, and most excruciating, parts of AIM was pinning down a fire username. Although the usernames sound dumb as all hell from where we stand now, they did mean something to all of us back then. Which is why Twitter users are taking to the social media platform to eulogize their past online lives via their usernames. 

Just imagine what the eulogies will be like when Twitter dies...