After 20 years, the time has come to say a final goodbye to AOL Instant Messenger. The famed chat client more commonly known as AIM is one of the internet’s longest-lasting cultural touchstones, and one of the few pieces of software that arguably changed how people interact with each other. via AIM shuts down: AOL Instant Messenger changed the way we communicate – Vox
I used AOL Instant Messenger for a time and it was a great tool to communicate. Now its no more and a part of the early Internet experience is just a memory. Fare thee well AIM.
Verizon Communications Inc. agreed to buy Yahoo! Inc.’s web assets for $4.83 billion, ending the company’s two-decade run as an independent business that took it from Stanford University startup at the dawn of the internet age to also-ran behind nimbler online rivals such as Google and Facebook Inc. Verizon Ends Yahoo Independence With $4.83 Billion Deal – Bloomberg
I have used Yahoo off and on over the past 20 years of being on the World Wide Web. Yahoo Mail was the thing back in the day and almost everyone had an address.
Hearing the news of the sale to Verizon saddens me a little because this was a once mighty company who made the Internet what it is today and they sold just to survive. Verizon earlier bought AOL which is another old tech company everyone used. Yahoo didn’t innovate fast enough and they weren’t ready for the mobile revolution we see today. I have a history with Tumblr which was bought by Yahoo awhile back and it will be interesting to see how this plays out there. I think Verizon will do some good things but I don’t expect Yahoo to remain what it is today or what it was yesterday.
Before broadband and fiber optic Internet you had to dial-up by phone using a modem. The connection was as fast as your phone line and computer and how far away you were from the phone company. The struggle was real back then.