The sounds of opening and closing doors heard around the world when contacts appeared and disappeared from your AIM Buddy List will be heard no more. The away messages, the customizable fonts and colors,more
The sounds of opening and closing doors heard around the world when contacts appeared and disappeared from your AIM Buddy List will be heard no more. The away messages, the customizable fonts and colors, and the goofy web 1.0 handles -- mine were SardonicLaughs and Crazy4Blur -- will soon be gone for good.
AIM, AOL's longtime instant messenger, is closing on December 15, 2017. The 20-year-old web-based IM client, which dominated chat in the late '90s and early '00s, started losing users with the launch of competing programs, such as Yahoo! Messenger, MSN Messenger, iChat, and Google Talk. But the rise in smartphone messaging may have been the nail in AIM's coffin. Since AOL (now a division of Verizon's Oath) says it has no plans to replace AIM, here are some AIM alternatives to keep the conversation going.
The venerable free chat client that inspired AIM has evolved with the times, incorporating photo and video editing with filters, emoji, and fonts; secure HD video chat and snaps complete with animated stickers; voice calls; and voice messages with speech recognition.
Telegram brings secure, end-to-end encrypted messaging to all your devices without sacrificing speed. The app is free and has no ads.
Hangouts enables you to connect with a friend or an entire group over message, video, or voice -- for free.
With more than 1 billion active users, the popular and free WhatsApp messaging app lets you easily message and make free voice and video calls across all your devices.
Free Facebook Messenger offers just about everything you'd want in a messaging app, with hooks into your Facebook contacts to help you connect with friends.