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Saying goodbye to an old friend stings.

On the morning of Dec. Take a moment to listinsg the year-old inside of you let out a deep sob; think about the bulletin you wish you could post to your MySpace about how unfair it is that the messaging platform of your youth is no more.

Don't hold back. Because you're an adult now, the world is cruel, and wait — I have to ask — who was still on AIM, anyway? AOL posted to its website five days ago they would be ending the once popular instant-messaging service this Friday.

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News first broke Friend chat woman AIM would see its last months in October of this year. : AIM announces it will end services "We know there are so many loyal fans who have used AIM for decades; and we loved working and building the first chat app of its kind since ," the company wrote. But as happens with most technologies, AOL said it was time to move on and, for anyone who had yet to sever the ties, to finally say goodbye.

For the record: I know non-millennials used AIM, too. You probably used it at work, maybe you ventured into a chatroom out of curiosity.

But for most people who are now in their 20s and early 30s, AIM was a way of life. Like get-home-from-school-slam-your-backpack-down-and-run-straight-for-the-computer life. There was a standard setup on your Windows 95 desktop: AIM minimized while you custom-coded your MySpace layout and listened to music playing on LimeWire.

The screen names were embarrassing, your away messages were dramatic, and your "about me" section included the lyrics to "Wonderwall" in a customized font color. It seems so simple now.

Pure, even. Both paid homage to my fav band, Blink I made custom Buddy Icons in Microsoft Paint. That's probably the most early listkngs sentence I've ever penned.

I briefly stopped spelling words correctly, typing baby as "BaBii" and replacing "O" with zero and "S" with "z. Honestly, I didn't realize that AIM hadn't rolm shut down for good years ago.

Ain't that the truth. I used to text my friends to get on AIM as soon as they could. I had something really important to tell them, but I wasn't chxt to send more than a few texts a month.

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