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Remember when IM's were all the rage? I was on YIM for days on end. Not sure if I could log in today if I tried.

Asked by ibstubro (12464 points ) March 23rd, 2014

Instant messengers were all the rage (and I loved my YIM), but hasn’t texting/tweeting replaced them?

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Mimishu1995's avatar

Yeah, it was very popular, before Facebook, Twitter (and similar craps) jumped into the spotlight.

ibstubro's avatar

You have been ‘breaking out’ for some time, then, @Mimishu1995. I now think you could be a government agent!

zenvelo's avatar

We IM at work through Outlook. It’s the only place I have ever really used IM, and I can’t stand it. It’s intrusive and demanding.

Symbeline's avatar

Oh haha haven’t been on those for quite a while…I was quite a fan of Yahoo Messenger, and MSN. I suppose those are all dead now. :/

Although…they must still be functional?

Edit; just checked. It’s still there. Not going to download it, but YM prevails lol.

anniereborn's avatar

Oh sure. I used YIM a LOT. It’s how my partner and I communicated for a full year before we met in person. Now I use Facebook IMs.

pleiades's avatar

I still use AIM to this day

ragingloli's avatar

I still use it for internal communication with colleagues.

janbb's avatar

@ragingloli You have colleagues?

I used to use IM on Gmail but I do think most people find it annoying so I stopped.

One friend that I IM’d with a lot I now text with almost exclusively.

livelaughlove21's avatar

I used AIM and YIM daily. Now, I don’t even remember the last time I had either one of them installed on my computer. I prefer texting, to be honest. I was 14–16 when I was IMing and, looking back, I did some pretty stupid things. Talking to random people from chat rooms, for instance. I don’t have that kind of time anymore, anyway. I text 2–3 people on a regular basis and that’s all I need.

We have IMing capabilities on our Outlook at work, but I’ve never seen anyone use it. Picking up the phone and dialing their extension seems much more efficient, I think. Talking on the phone is just as “instant” as instant messaging, minus the typing time.

ragingloli's avatar

@janbb
Did I say colleagues? I meant of course underlings.

hominid's avatar

I use Lync all day long, every day here at work.

marinelife's avatar

I used IM for work which was convenient because you could have a conversation without the person you were on the conference call with hearing.

Coloma's avatar

Haven’t used IM since about 2006. lol

dxs's avatar

YIM? What? Was that only for old people? When I was younger we used AIM. Aol Instant Messaging. That was the social place to be before Facebook and Twitter.

livelaughlove21's avatar

@dxs YIM is Yahoo Instant Messenger. I used both, but YIM did seem to be where the older folks flocked. They had all the “good” chat rooms though, if you were into that sort of thing.

dxs's avatar

@livelaughlove21 I know what it is I just didn’t think it was always a popular thing to use. We’re talking early teen years.

ibstubro's avatar

I’m just glad someone finally defined AIM. I guessed it was AOL, but never used it. YIM rocked in it’s day, not for older that I ever, er, “met”.

But, I’m probably decades ahead of @dxs. I never had nothin to do with AOL. I’m still pleased with that decision.

AshLeigh's avatar

I still like to call people if I need to speak with them.

Mimishu1995's avatar

@dxs What the hell is AIM?

The only IM youngsters here know before Facebook is YIM.

Brian1946's avatar

@Mimishu1995

AIM is America On Line IM is AOL Instant Messenger. AOL was one of the first ISP’s in the US.

Is there or was there a VOL?

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