AIM's logo, as seen in its Version 1.0 release (1997)
|Initial release||May 1997|
AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) was an
AIM was popular from the late 1990s to the late 2000s in North America, and was the leading instant messaging application in that region. AIM's popularity declined steeply in the early 2010s as Internet social networks like
In June 2015, AOL was acquired by
AOL Instant Messenger was initially integrated into
Its main competitors during its heyday were
AIM went officially mobile in early 2008 when the application was released for
Around 2011, AIM started to lose popularity rapidly, partly due to the quick rise of
As of June 2011, one source reported AOL Instant Messenger market share had collapsed to 0.73%. However, this number only reflects installed IM applications, and not active users. The engineers responsible for AIM claimed that they were unable to convince AOL management that free was the future.
On March 3, 2012, AOL ended employment of AIM's development staff while leaving it active and with help support still provided. On October 6, 2017, it was announced that the AIM service would be discontinued on December 15; however, a non-profit development team known as Wildman Productions started up a server for older versions of AOL Instant Messenger known as AIM Phoenix.