What We Love(d) About AOL Instant Messenger

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On December 15th, AOL Instant Messenger will be officially dead. Gita Jackson asked Paul Tamayo and Tim Rogers from Kotaku’s video team to share their memories of the messaging service of their youth.

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Please ignore the fact that it is Riley MacLeod’s picture here. h/t to Sam Woolley.
Please ignore the fact that it is Riley MacLeod’s picture here. h/t to Sam Woolley.

I make videos for Kotaku. I make video games for myself and my friends. I like writing fiction. Someday I will publish a novel. Who knows!

Video Producer, Kotaku. Fluent in Spanglish. Tetris Master. Streamer. Host of The Optional Podcast.

DISCUSSION

i can’t unhear those sounds either. I showed up to college using icq because i was already using non-aol dialup and was playing online games like Meridian59, UO, and diablo before I showed up, but i quickly had to get a aol IM account and i still have saved conversations

Having a dedicated T1 was amazing for me, but for the countless other freshmen at Ohio State in ‘98, it was a revolution.

dont even get me started on file sharing. most of my mp3s are ones I got circa ‘98.