Report: AOL IM On Its Way Out?
March 15, 2012 at 3:56 PM (PT)
Could Internet mainstay AOL Instant Messenger be on its way out? GIZMODO believes that could be a distinct possibility, following the reported firing of AOL's IM team.
Citing a NEW YORK TIMES report that the AOL IM staff was "eviscerated and now only consists of support staff," the report concludes that "Support staff only means no more developers. No more developers means no more new software. No more new software means AIM stops growing and changing forever, frozen on the decline; we'll never know if the new client could have been great. AOL still somehow hopes to milk '$25 million a year' from tranquilized AIM, but put their business fantasies aside: the staff execution only makes formal what was happening anyway."
When asked to respond to the story, an AOL rep said the company has "no official statement on the future of AIM."