With last week’s news that AOL Instant Messenger will be shutting down for good later this year, Internet denizens of a certain age found ourselves getting a touch sentimental. After all, AIM was the premiere (and only?) messaging platform of choice in the late 90s through mid-aughts, the perfect place for teens and tweens to stalk crushes, put up ~*~dramatic~*~ statuses, experiment with signature fonts and colors (Comic Sans in hot pink with a baby blue background, thankyouverymuch), toy with older pervs in sketchy chatrooms (A/S/L?), dissect the day’s LiveJournal drama in real time, and so much more.
So tell us, what are your best (or worst) memories of AIM? More specifically:
- What was your screen name?
- What song lyrics were your go-to away message?
- Did you prefer trolling chat rooms, or hassling the SmarterChild study bot?
- Have you gone in and downloaded your old chat history since the announcement last week?