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RIP AOL Instant Messenger. We will miss you. I think.

I can remember the first time I saw that little man or even when I heard that loud dial-up sound. I cannot believe that it is 20 years later and AOL instant messenger is saying goodbye. Honestly, I have not used it in a while. I had no idea it even still existed. However, knowing that it is a fact they are saying goodbye brings a little tear to my heart and also takes me down the memory lane. For the new generation of online social media that has no idea who AOL Messenger is, they provided instant access to friends and contacts on a user's "buddy list," and was passionately a favorite for the first few years after its launch. Over 100 million registered jumped on and joined. Even I did. 

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On AOL's website, they state AOL Instant Messenger will discontinue on Dec. 15. A spokesman for AOL's parent company revealed the platform's demise as the casualty of the evolving way people communicate.

AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed,
— wrote Michael Albers, vice president of communications at Oath.
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Messenger will still operate until Dec. 15 after; however, users will not be able to sign in, and all data will delete. Aim.com, email address users, will always have access. 

Why do I feel like AOL has something up their sleeves for us? The power of suspense.