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Say goodbye to the iconic yellow running man and prepare your permanent away messages: AOL Instant Messenger is officially ending in December. AIM announced Friday that its chat platform will be discontinued after 20 years of instant-messaging fun. The service, which was introduced in 1997, will shut down Dec. 15.

According to a statement from Michael Albers, VP of communications product at AOL’s parent company Oath, “AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed. As a result we’ve made the decision that we will be discontinuing AIM effective December 15, 2017. We are more excited than ever to continue building the next generation of iconic brands and life-changing products for users around the world.” There is no replacement product at this time.

AIM will remain active until Dec. 15. After that date, users’ Buddy List and data will be removed. The email address, however, will still work. Other messaging services, such as Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, have taken over as the new way to stay connected.

See how social media reacted to AIM shutting down below:

Social Media Reacts to AOL Instant Messenger Being Discontinued After 20 Years

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