"AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed," Michael Albers, VP of communications product at Oath, wrote in a blog post.
Case in point: The announcement of AIM's shutdown was made on Twitter and Tumblr, two of the newer communications platforms that helped displace it.
The product earned a coveted spot in pop culture, making cameos in You've Got Mail and Sex and the City.
Right now you might be reminiscing about how you had to compete for time on the home computer in order to chat with friends outside of school.
You might also remember how characters throughout pop culture from “You’ve Got Mail” to “Sex and the City” used AIM to help navigate their relationships.
In 2002, a number of spammers began abusing the Windows Messenger service, a function of Windows designed to allow administrators to send alerts to users' workstations (not to be confused with Windows Messenger or Windows Live Messenger, a free instant messaging application) in Microsoft's Windows NT-based operating systems.
Messenger Service spam appears as normal dialog boxes containing the spammer's message.
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