Volume 26: An Elegy for AIM

Welcome to the twenty-sixth installment of Open Book. If it’s your first time, click here for a little background.

My parents will be happy to know that AOL Instant Messenger, or AIM — the messaging service that nearly tore our relationship apart back in my teenage years — is scheduled to die today. AOL announced back in October that it was shutting down the service for good on December 15, 2017. That day also happens to be my 27th birthday.

The timing feels poetic: I move another year closer to fully-formed adulthood, while a relic of my adolescence withers in my wake.