AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) is a instant messaging and presence computer program which uses the proprietary OSCAR instant messaging protocol and the TOC protocol to allow registered users to communicate in real time. It was released by AOL in May 1997.
Stand-alone official AIM client software includes advertisements and is available for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, Mac OS X, and Linux. The software, maintained by AOL, LLC, has a large share of the instant messaging market, especially in the United States (with 52% of the total reported as of 2006).
AIM service is a free online service that lets you communicate with family, friends and co-workers in real time. Using the AIM Buddy ListÐ’Â® feature you can see when your buddies are online and available to instant message. The newest version of AIM lets you to take instant messaging to the next level! With Video IM, Screen Name Linking, AIM Games and Mobile IM, instant messaging has become more fun than ever!
Key Features of AIM 22.214.171.124 Beta 2:
- Chat with your AIM Buddies and Facebook friends.
- Get your updates from Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and more.
- Comment, like and update your Facebook, Twitter and MySpace status right from AIM.
- Upload and crop your picture to create a cool buddy icon, or change your color scheme to style your Buddy List.