Video: 5 Things You’ll Only Know If You Grew Up In the Age of AIM

Perhaps you’ve heard that AIM—that’s AOL Instant Messenger to you babies out there—will bid this world adieu next month, a full 20 years after its inception. For those of us who grew up using the long-running instant messenger in a pre-MySpace, pre-Facebook, pre-smartphone world, it provided not just a digital gateway to friends from school (and occasional strangers), but a platform upon which adolescent and teenage angst played out in real time. From the extreme importance of away messages to your humiliating first screen name, here are five things only people who grew up with AIM will understand.

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