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    AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) signs off for good

    Current and past users were warned of the shutdown in October.
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    Re: AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) signs off for good

    A service being ‘shuttered’!

    Is that because it’s about to be enclosed in concrete?

    Sorry, the word is shut (or closed) down!
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    Re: AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) signs off for good

    Quote Originally Posted by peterb View Post
    A service being ‘shuttered’!

    Is that because it’s about to be enclosed in concrete?

    Sorry, the word is shut (or closed) down!
    And what happens when a physical shop/business is shut (or closed) down? The shutters are pulled down, giving rise to the fairly common figure of speech used in the article.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bagnaj97 View Post
    And what happens when a physical shop/business is shut (or closed) down? The shutters are pulled down, giving rise to the fairly common figure of speech used in the article.
    Do people really talk about a service being ‘shuttered’. A shop might be described as putting the shutters up, but I’d suggest the normal expression is closing down as in “a closing down sale”.
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    Re: AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) signs off for good

    Quote Originally Posted by Bagnaj97 View Post
    giving rise to the fairly common figure of speech used in the article.
    Got to go with peterb here, 'shuttered' is not a common term out my way (in UK). Common 'figure of speech' out my way for a closed down shop is it's closed/shut down, it's gone bust or maybe belly up.

    I could have understood the use of 'retired' in reference to AOL but really it's just being shut down.

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    Re: AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) signs off for good

    Quote Originally Posted by LSG501 View Post
    Got to go with peterb here, 'shuttered' is not a common term out my way (in UK).
    Not in terms of closing a business or service, no. That is more an American thing.

    However:
    1/. This is AOL - America OnLine. Quite fitting to use an American term, in this instance.

    2/. Shuttering means to close the shutters of something, in particular to close the windows... and since most people will have used this on Windows™, it's actually quite a clever reference.

    So nyah!!

    I'm guessing this etymological banter comprising the whole content of this thread means no-one here is going to miss, has any kind of nostalgia for, or even gives two hoots that AIM is gone, then?

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    Re: AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) signs off for good

    I'm still sad about MSN Messenger going. I never used AIM though.
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    Re: AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) signs off for good

    ICQ was always better and still is better then facebook, twitter, snapchat, skype and all the other boring rubbish things of today

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    Re: AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) signs off for good

    Quote Originally Posted by me-yeah View Post
    ICQ was always better and still is better then facebook, twitter, snapchat, skype and all the other boring rubbish things of today
    eh-oh

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    Re: AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) signs off for good

    Quote Originally Posted by ik9000 View Post
    eh-oh
    its all free for always on data for your phone, the desktop app can still be abit slow, but its better then everything else, and no spamming adverts or anything

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    Quote Originally Posted by me-yeah View Post
    its all free for always on data for your phone, the desktop app can still be abit slow, but its better then everything else, and no spamming adverts or anything
    Sounds like imessage/WhatsApp/Telegram except not such wide mainstream use.

    That said, I have used Limewire (IRC/ICQ client) and it is good for chat rooms so it does have a place.
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    Re: AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) signs off for good

    To be honest, I thought AOL IM was dead a long time ago. I too grew up with that, end of an era.

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    Re: AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) signs off for good

    AOL IM was cool same time around ICQ was about that was fun to use. out of the messengers i loved MSN messenger the most. simple yet brilliant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jace007 View Post
    out of the messengers i loved MSN messenger the most. simple yet brilliant.
    Especially with Messenger Plus.

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    Re: AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) signs off for good

    i recall everyone using ICQ then jumping onto MSN messenger once it came out - less spam advert emails from people trying sending clickbait of "Britnee Spers nud piks" and without that part-endearing part-maddening eh-oh eh-oh like a deranged encapsulated telly tubby every time a message arrived. The interface was slicker, messaging was faster and ICQ was dumped within a year, whereas MSN lasted a good 5-6 years before everyone dropped it (about the same time facebook took off I think)

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    Re: AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) signs off for good

    And, no one cares. That said, I do believe if it wasn't for AIM facebook might not have been created. Shame on you AIM!

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