Old aim chat
A college friend and I were reminiscing about how we used to have lengthy, meaningful conversations on AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) when we were back in high school and college.
I’d be up late and bored so I’d sign on to AIM, scan my buddy list and message ‘sup’ to whichever of my friends were online at the time.
Your chat window didn’t have remnants of old conversations or tell you exactly how long it’s been since you last messaged each other. With the advent of mobile phones and supercomputers-in-your-pocket, we are now always connected — we’re never ‘away’ anymore.
The newest version of AIM lets you to take instant messaging to the next level!
‘brb’ or ‘bbl’ or ‘ttyl’ are conventions from when we used to have to give our full attention to that one person at that time.
When you’re on the phone, you don’t just hang up, you say ‘bye’.
The barrier to starting an AIM conversation always seemed lower than calling someone.
Maybe it was because you knew that whoever was online was also chatting with multiple people, and that you would not occupy 100% of that person’s attention unless they wanted for you to.