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AOL Instant Messenger shutting down after 20 years

Emily Balser
| Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, 11:06 a.m.
AOL announced today it will end its AIM instant messaging service on Dec. 15.
AOL announced today it will end its AIM instant messaging service on Dec. 15.

It's a sad day for millennials.

AOL announced today it will end its AIM instant messaging service on Dec. 15.

The messaging service that started in 1997 was a staple to many growing up in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

From the perfectly crafted "away message" to the sound of the door closing when someone signed off, almost anyone in their late 20s and early 30s has a memory of AIM.

Even though it hasn't been used by most for more than a decade, the announcement that the service is ending brings back nostalgia for those simpler times of our youth.

People took to Twitter and Facebook immediately to share their reactions to the news.

Emily Balser is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-226-4680, emilybalser@tribweb.com or on Twitter @emilybalser.

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