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There was a time when I couldn't imagine life without AIM. It was facebook, gmail, twitter, and drunk texting all rolled into one. I didn't have a cell phone my first semester of college but got along just fine because of AIM. It all ended so quickly. One day I'm on it 24/7, the next I log on for the first time in years and immediately get an instant message from viper. Not even SmarterChild was left.
For anyone inside the generation for which AOL was synonymous with the internet, and AIM was prerequisite to any social life at all, some pretty sad news: AOL just sacked its IM team. The old king of chat is paraplegic.
10-15 years ago, this would have been as unimaginable as no facebook would be today.
im sorry i was confusing...your "Superbowl" was the Redskins losing since you know that the Ravens cant win it all.
If I heard the door opening chime right now I think I'd instinctively get excited.
AOL was such a monster in the 90s. Random Sidenote: Another piece of 90s nostalgia, my friend posted this commercial on FB, nothing at all seems dated about it!
This here is a commercial for the candy Caramello. This was taken from a Fall 1993 VHS recording, but who knows how long the commercial was airing before that. Sorry about the hiccup around 0:18.
AIM Profile - the Facebook profile of the 90s.
So true, really puts things in perspective.
Away Messages: The Facebook Status update of the 90's
Giants. Yankees. Terps.
Best part about those late-90s commercials that disappeared quickly and nobody noticed?
AOL Keyword: Suque
"Maryland football: Where everybody gets hurt and the starting left tackle has an existential crisis."
Imagine Annette's buddy info
Holy shit is that accurate. AOL had the future right in their laps, but they must have spent $0 in R&D.
Im ready for aa 5th of vodica to end my feels.
Stalking people was on a different level back then. You could add people to your buddy list by just knowing their username. You could see their "idle time" but never know if they were at their computer, their roommate was on it, or if the mouse just got bumped by someone. Oh the good ole days.
Seriously, all they had to do was take their ONE actually used service and expand on it.
Also easy to make untraceable aliases and troll the shit out of girls...
Oh man, I used to have near panic attacks analyzing just that kind of information. If someone I wanted to talk to signed on and then immediately signed off I always took it personally.
Make an AIM name the same as one of their friend's, but replace a 1 with an l or vice versa, they never noticed.
Also my LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring poster has "America Online Keyword: Lord of the Rings" under the credits at the bottom
There was nothing better(?) than coming home from a party drunk in college and AIM stalking chicks in the dorm in hopes of a latenite hookup.
If I had AIM transcripts of things I wrote from Centreville Hall, I'd be mortified.
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I mean, one of my friends told me that one time, in 7th grade, he BEGGED his mom to end her phone conversation so he could log back on to AIM via dial-up and try to mack on the hottest 8th grade girl in his school.
That certainly wasn't me, though.
"And I try to har-mo-nize with songs the lonesome sparrow sings...
There are no kings inside the Gates of Eden."
Also AIM had a 100 buddy limit. That was the worst day ever-- hitting the limit and having to figure out who to remove.
WAT? No chance.
it had a limit, but not 100.......
Early aim definitely had that limit.
I had my buddy list divided into "guys" and "ladies."
Haha, remember when you could put up "personalized" away messages and troll people who were too dumb to realize what was happening?
Like you could write "I hate %n" or something and AIM would convert %n to the username of anyone checking your away message, so girls would send you messages freaking out about why you were telling everyone you hated them.
Yeah, same, although I kept changing the category names for reasons unknown. I remember one time my listing was broken up into something like "Guys" and "Girls I haven't #%*&ed yet" ... based on the Chris Rock joke about how guys don't have platonic girl friends, just girls they haven't slept with yet ... except some girl who I had slept with was over, saw her name on the list, and freaked out based on some crazy girl theory about how I was an asshole for pretending to be too embarrassed to tell my friends I'd slept with her. LOL at the stupidity of that all the way around.
When I got a letter from the university judicial office telling me that I had to appear before them, I assumed it was for this. It wasn't, but it certainly should have been.
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