AIM (software)

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AOL Instant Messenger, commonly known as AIM, is a software application crafted and released by AOL in May 1997. This instant messaging[1] and presence computer program facilitated real-time online communication between users. AIM’s popularity stemmed from its wide array of features including chatbots, dynamic profiles, voice services, and compatibility with multiple devices. Nevertheless, the advent of platforms like Gmail[2] and social networking apps led to a decrease in its popularity. Despite ceasing operations in December 2017, AIM’s influence on instant messaging services is undeniable, with a non-profit team even attempting to resurrect it. However, it’s important to highlight that the software was subject to criticism due to security vulnerabilities and issues with its encryption.

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1. instant messaging. Instant Messaging (IM) represents a mode of digital communication that facilitates the instantaneous exchange of textual messages across internet or computer networks. Unlike its email counterpart, IM encourages prompt, engaging dialogues, often enriched with emojis, file sharing capabilities, voice-over IP, and video conferencing. IM systems can operate autonomously or as a component of a broader social media framework. They have undergone substantial evolution since the inception of early platforms like Talkomatic and CompuServe CB Simulator, maturing into graphical user interfaces with an array of functionalities. Contemporary popular services such as Signal, Telegram, WhatsApp, and Snapchat provide private and group messaging, advanced security protocols like end-to-end encryption, and social network integration. They serve a crucial function in personal and business communication arenas, enabling efficient real-time dialogue with conversation archives for subsequent reference.
2. Gmail ( Gmail ) Developed by Google, Gmail is a robust email service that offers advanced features, ample storage, and stringent security. Initially launched with 1GB storage in 2004, it expanded to a combined 15GB with Google Drive in 2012, with further expansion up to 2TB available via Google One. Gmail accommodates sending attachments of up to 25MB and receiving up to 50MB, with larger files supported through Google Drive integration. The service is designed with a minimalist, search-oriented focus, featuring conversation threading, labels, and filters. Over the years, Gmail's interface has seen several updates, introducing features like Confidential mode, two-factor authentication, and intelligent features such as Smart Compose and Smart Reply. It employs robust encryption and machine learning-based anti-phishing technologies, complemented by two-step verification for increased account security. Gmail is compatible with contemporary web browsers and offers native apps for iOS and Android. Its integration with various Google products and support for 72 languages makes it a highly versatile communication platform. With regular mobile updates and ongoing security monitoring, Gmail ensures a secure and user-friendly experience.
AIM (software) (Wikipedia)

AIM (AOL Instant Messenger, sometimes stylized as aim) was an instant messaging and presence computer program created by AOL, which used the proprietary OSCAR instant messaging protocol and the TOC protocol to allow registered users to communicate in real time.

Initial releaseMay 1997; 26 years ago (1997-05)
Written inC++, Adobe Flash
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows, Windows Mobile, macOS, Android, iOS, BlackBerry OS, Android TV
TypeInstant messaging
LicenseProprietary Edit this on Wikidata

AIM was popular by the late 1990s, in United States and other countries, and was the leading instant messaging application in that region into the following decade. Teens and college students were known to use the messenger's away message feature to keep in touch with friends, often frequently changing their away message throughout a day or leaving a message up with one's computer left on to inform buddies of their ongoings, location, parties, thoughts, or jokes. AIM's popularity declined as AOL subscribers started decreasing and steeply towards the 2010s, as Gmail's Google Talk, SMS, and Internet social networks, like Facebook gained popularity. Its fall has often been compared with other once-popular Internet services, such as Myspace.

In June 2015, AOL was acquired by Verizon Communications. In June 2017, Verizon combined AOL and Yahoo into its subsidiary Oath Inc. (now called Yahoo). The company discontinued AIM as a service on December 15, 2017.

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