AIM (software) | chat robots
AOL and various other companies supplied robots ('bots) on AIM that could receive messages and send a response based on the 'bot's purpose. For example, 'bots could help with studying, like StudyBuddy. Some were made to relate to children and teenagers, like
Before the inclusions of such 'bots, the other 'bots DoorManBot and AIMOffline provided features that were provided by AOL for those who needed it. ZolaOnAOL and ZoeOnAOL were short-lived 'bots that ultimately retired their features in favor of SmarterChild.