AIM officially shuts down after 20 year run

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NEW YORK, NY (WDBJ7) -- AOL's instant messenger "AIM" signs off for the last time Friday.

The chat app is ending a 20-year run.

AIM launched in 1997 and soon earned a coveted spot in pop culture, making cameos in You’ve Got Mail and Sex and the City. But as users shifted from desktop computers to smartphones and tablets, AIM failed to shift with them.

All personal data associated with AIM will be deleted after Friday, nothing will be transferred, and that includes those buddy lists too, marking the end of an era for those who came of age in a time before Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat.