AOL has all but ended AIM. Yesterday, it slashed 40 employees from its West Coast office—the chat client’s entire development staff included—killing off any chances of future software updates. Support staff will remain.
To folks of a certain age (read: mine), AIM was far more than a chat client. It was the original social network. It was text messaging before that blew up. Hell, it was the end-all, be-all of the Internet, circa early 2000s. And it was the reason we all forgot how to type and spell things with numbers and missing letters. L8r.