Earlier this week, a New York Times report announced that AOL had essentially cut the AIM team down leaving future development for the instant messaging client in limbo. Naturally, the Internet prematurely announced AIM's death. AOL's now telling everybody to relax, AIM's not dead.
The original report by Nick Bilton of the New York Times:
"The AOL Instant Messenger group took the deepest cut so far. A former AOL employee said the group was 'eviscerated and now only consists of support staff.' This person, who asked not to be named because they were not allowed to speak publicly about the company, added that 'nearly all of the West Coast tech team has been killed.'"
Turns out, AOL's not done with AIM just yet. Yes, the Internet giant that brought instant messaging to the masses and helped spawn all sorts of dumb acronyms like LOL, LMFAO, ROFLCOPTER and TTYL told ComputerWorld that AIM will continue to evolve:
"We are not killing instant messenger," an AOL spokeswoman said to Computerworld late Wednesday afternoon. "We'll continue to support it and evolve the product."
In fact, as a goodwill gesture, AOL's already restored interoperability between Google Chat and AIM that was severed two weeks ago due to large quantities of spam from AOL's half.
Alive and kicking since 1997, maybe there's still hope that that new AIM experience is still on its way.
So, AIM lives to another day, but a good part of me was kind of happy that AIM was finally going to sleep with the fishes. Even if AIM was laid to rest, we would still have Skype, GChat, iMessage and SMS. It wouldn't be the worst funeral for any Internet service, that's for sure.