The AOL Instant Messenger group took the deepest cut so far. A former AOL employee said the group was “eviscerated and now only consists of support staff.” This person, who asked not to be named because they were not allowed to speak publicly about the company, added that “nearly all of the West Coast tech team has been killed.”
There was a time IM was so important there were legal challenges to AOL’s death grip on it! Now IM has been supplanted by texting and a plethora of other keyboard-to-keyboard (and video) services.
I still use Instant Messenger to speak to my friends Bob in Florida and Farrell in Afghanistan. I guess we’ll be forced to find a substitute. That shouldn’t be hard.
It’s sad to see the passing of a pioneer.