We’re not all friends, even if we are all connected as never before.
As of December 15, 2017, AOL Instant Messenger products and services have been shut down and no longer work. 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 1997.
It’s a disingenuously naïve view of human nature and a cannily passive self-portrayal, one that allows him to avoid taking more responsibility for the harm that his invention does along with the good.
AOL never figured out how to monetize it; digital culture evolved toward social media and social networks, and the chat prototype became obsolete.
This weekend, Mark Zuckerberg posted a eulogy of his own for AIM.
Like me, he spent his formative years constructing an online social identity, messaging with friends and tweaking his profile to reflect his mood.
Unlike me, when he was annoyed that he had no way to indicate that he wasn’t in the mood to chat, he coded a tool that allowed him to look like he was away from his computer even as he was logged on.
one out on your keyboard for AOL Instant Messenger. If you want to talk, look for me on Gchat—I mean Google Hangouts, or whatever it’s called now.