AOL Instant Messenger, chopped off at the knees by a horde of similar services, was shut down on Friday but not before some fond farewells on social media.
According to AOL, AIM was introduced in 1997 and was "the first chat app of its kind".
The web portal announced the news in October via Twitter.
AIM was first introduced to the world in 1997 as a stand-alone download, and it quickly became a massive success, helping many '90s kids navigate the world of middle school and high school.
As the firm notes, AIM was once a huge part of life for many people, especially those who grew up during the 90s and early 2000s - but in the years since, communication has 'profoundly changed'. In some cases this may depend on whether you previously disabled the option to save a copy of your chats on your computer or if you or your buddy selected the Go off the record option. Are you going to miss AIM?
Either way, here's to the permanent away message.
Obviously, a patent doesn't mean the device will ever hit the market.
I communicated with family living in other states, and made my first virtual friends on AIM. Considering the amount of competition it would face from the likes of Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, etc., it's hard to imagine the company bringing out another messaging service, but it could try to take advantage of the nostalgia crowd. Oath said it has no new messaging program in the works, but stated that "all of us at AOL (now Oath) are excited to continue building the next generation of iconic brands and life-changing products for users around the world". I had something really important to tell them, but I wasnt allowed to send more than a few texts a month.