Verizon Oath, which owns the AOL, has announced that AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) will be shut down on that date on December 15. When AIM was first launched in 1997, it became extremely popular for online chatting and defined many of the design themes still in use for messaging. The death toll for AIM has been ringing for several years now, with Facebook Messenger, Google, Slack, WhatsApp, and other multi-platform messaging services have stole AIMs thunder. Oath made the impending closure of AIM official through posts on Twitter and Tumblr, without announcing a replacement or any way to archive messages sent in the past. Thoughts ?