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Encyclopedia > AOL Instant Messenger
AOL Instant Messenger
Developer: AOL LLC
Initial release: May 1997
Latest release: 6.5.5.2 / 10/26/07
OS: Windows (older versions for Mac and Linux)
Genre: Instant messaging client
License: Proprietary
Website: www.aim.com/

AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) is a free, advertisement-supported proprietary instant messaging and presence computer program which uses the OSCAR instant messaging protocol and the TOC protocol. It was released by AOL in May of 1997. It is the most popular instant message program in the United States. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... AIM Logo This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ... “Software development” redirects here. ... For other uses, see AOL (disambiguation). ... Code complete redirects here. ... An operating system (OS) is the software that manages the sharing of the resources of a computer and provides programmers with an interface used to access those resources. ... “Windows” redirects here. ... This article relates to both the original Classic Mac OS as well as Mac OS X, Apples more recent operating system. ... This article is about operating systems that use the Linux kernel. ... Computer software can be organized into categories based on common function, type, or field of use. ... // Instant messaging (IM) is a form of real-time communication between two or more people based on typed text. ... In computing, a client is a system that accesses a (remote) service on another computer by some kind of network. ... A software license is a legal agreement which may take the form of a proprietary or gratuitous license as well as a memorandum of contract between a producer and a user of computer software. ... It has been suggested that closed source be merged into this article or section. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... Generally speaking, advertising is the paid promotion of goods, services, companies and ideas by an identified sponsor. ... It has been suggested that closed source be merged into this article or section. ... // Instant messaging (IM) is a form of real-time communication between two or more people based on typed text. ... In computer and telecommunications networks, presence information is a status indicator that conveys ability and willingness of a potential communication partner - for example a user to communicate. ... A computer program is a collection of instructions that describe a task, or set of tasks, to be carried out by a computer. ... OSCAR is AOLs instant messaging and presence information protocol standing for Open System for CommunicAtion in Realtime. ... It has been suggested that TOC2_protocol be merged into this article or section. ... For other uses, see AOL (disambiguation). ...

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About

AOL Instant Messenger is an instant messaging application that allows all,registered users to communicate in real time via text, voice, and video over the Internet. Stand-alone official AIM client software is available for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS and Mac OS X, and Linux. The software has a large share of the instant messaging market (with 52% of the total reported as of 2006), placing it ahead of the combined total user base of the two closest rivals.[1]It is maintained by AOL LLC. The official website is AIM.com. “Windows” redirects here. ... This article relates to both the original Classic Mac OS as well as Mac OS X, Apples more recent operating system. ... Mac OS X (IPA: ) is a line of graphical operating systems developed, marketed, and sold by Apple Inc. ... This article is about operating systems that use the Linux kernel. ...


History

Since version 2.0, AIM has included person-to-person instant messaging, chatroom messaging, and the ability to share files peer-to-peer with one's buddies. Versions 4.3 introduced the storing of one's contact list on AOL's servers and allowed for a maximum of 600 buddies to be stored. In addition, somewhere in the 4.x versions, the AIM client for Microsoft Windows added the ability to play games against one another using the WildTangent engine. The first version released with WildTangent did not warn the user that it was going to be installed. Newer versions do, due to the fact that many spyware scanners flag the WildTangent software as spyware.[2] A peer-to-peer (or P2P) computer network is a network that relies on the computing power and bandwidth of the participants in the network rather than concentrating it in a relatively few servers. ... “Windows” redirects here. ... WildTangent is a software development company that develops and publishes computer games. ... WildTangent is a software development company that develops and publishes computer games. ...


AIM version 5.5 allowed Windows users to video conference with each other and with users of Apple Computer's previously released iChat. Later updates led the version of AIM to version 5.9. Categories: Wikipedia cleanup | Groupware | Telecommunications stubs ... Apple Inc. ... This article is about the Mac software. ...


The successor to AIM version 5.9 was originally named AIM Triton. Compared with version 5.9, Triton's programming code was rewritten and featured a brand new UI engine called Boxely. The first beta version of Triton (0.1.12) supported only Windows XP.[3] upon its release. For the first time in the development of a new version of AIM, these preliminary versions were made publicly available on the AIM home page for any user to test and provide feedback. A rewrite in computer programming is the act or result of re-implementing a large portion of existing functionality without re-use of its source code. ... Boxely is an XML/CSS rendering engine, adapted for rendering UI Chrome (like Gecko does with XUL). ... Windows XP is a line of operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on general-purpose computer systems, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers. ...


On September 29, 2006, Triton was renamed to AIM 6.0 and a new Beta version was made available. This version again changed the UI (albeit slightly). The final stable version of AIM 6.0 was released on December 15; new features included connection to AIM Pages, additional customization, and compatibility with address book programs and sites through a "Universal Address Book" powered by Plaxo. Additionally, the upgrade unified away messages and general user updates into RSS feeds and added the ability to send messages to offline users. Features that were missing from the prior version were added too, such as the 'Get File' function, global font customization, and a smaller cache usage. Also with this release was the opening of AIM to developers, which allowed anyone to create plug-ins or custom AIM clients for Windows, Macintosh, or Linux. is the 272nd day of the year (273rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Software development stages In computer programming, development stage terminology expresses how the development of a piece of software has progressed and how much further development it may require. ... Software development stages In computer programming, development stage terminology expresses how the development of a piece of software has progressed and how much further development it may require. ... is the 349th day of the year (350th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... AIM Pages is a free service offered by AOL to anyone that has an AIM Screenname and is 16 years of age. ... An address book or a name and address book (NAB) is a book or a collection of data storing contact details (for example: address, telephone number, e-mail address, fax number, mobile phone number). ... Plaxo is an online address book service founded by Napster co-founder Sean Parker and two Stanford engineering students, Todd Masonis and Cameron Ring. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ...


The next version, 6.1, added Buddy List docking, support for inserting images into Buddy Info, the ability to change the highlight colors of the UI, the ability to sign on as invisible, improvements to the displaying of Linked Screen Names, several bug fixes, and improved Windows Vista support. 1. ... Windows Vista is a line of graphical operating systems used on personal computers, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, Tablet PCs, and media centers. ...


AIM Express

AIM Express runs in a web browser and is intended for use by people who are unable or unwilling to install a standalone application on their machine but still wish to use AIM. AIM Express supports many of the standard features included in the stand-alone client, but does not provide advanced features like file transfer, audio chat, or video conferencing. It is implemented in DHTML. Dynamic HTML or DHTML designates a technique of creating interactive web sites by using a combination of the static markup language HTML, a client-side scripting language (such as JavaScript) and the style definition language Cascading Style Sheets. ...


Apple iChat

Main article: iChat

Apple's iChat software was released in June 2003 for Mac OS X and was the first AIM-compatible client to allow for audio and video conferencing over the AIM protocol. While introducing it, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced that iChat was the first AIM client not made by AOL to be officially recognized by AOL. This article is about the Mac software. ... Apple Inc. ... This article is about the Mac software. ... Mac OS X (IPA: ) is a line of graphical operating systems developed, marketed, and sold by Apple Inc. ... Steven Paul Jobs (born February 24, 1955) is the co-founder and CEO of Apple and was the CEO of Pixar until its acquisition by Disney. ...


Protocol

The standard protocol that AIM clients use to communicate is called OSCAR. Most AOL-produced versions of AIM and popular third party AIM clients use this protocol. However, AOL also created a simpler protocol called TOC that lacks many of OSCAR's features but is sometimes used for clients that only require basic chat functionality. The TOC/TOC2 protocol specifications were made available by AOL, while OSCAR is a closed protocol that third parties have had to reverse-engineer. OSCAR is AOLs instant messaging and presence information protocol standing for Open System for CommunicAtion in Realtime. ... The factual accuracy of this section is disputed. ...


Weaknesses

AIM is known for security weaknesses that have enabled exploits to be created that use third-party software to perform malicious acts on users' computers. Although most are relatively harmless, such as being kicked off the AIM service, others perform potentially dangerous actions such as harvesting IP addresses and sending viruses over a direct connection. Some of these exploits rely on social engineering to spread by automatically sending instant messages that contain a URL accompanied by text suggesting the receiving user click on it, an action which leads to infection. An exploit is a piece of software, a chunk of data, or sequence of commands that take advantage of a bug, glitch or vulnerability in order to cause unintended or unanticipated behavior to occur on computer software, hardware, or something electronic (usually computerized). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... A computer virus is a computer program that can copy itself and infect a computer without permission or knowledge of the user. ... Social engineering is the practice of obtaining confidential information by manipulation of legitimate users. ... A Uniform Resource Locator, URL (spelled out as an acronym, not pronounced as earl), or Web address, is a standardized address name layout for resources (such as documents or images) on the Internet (or elsewhere). ...


Terminology

AIM and AOL use several terms for elements of their instant messaging, which are different from other messengers. These include:

  • Away message: A function of some instant messaging applications whereby a user may post a message that appears automatically to other users if they attempt to make contact when the user is unavailable. It is analogous to the voice message on an answering machine or voice mail system.
  • Block: If a user is feeling threatened or annoyed by someone, he or she can "block" the sender, which prevents the sender from contacting the user with his or her current screenname. If a user is blocked by someone, the blocking user will always be offline for them, even though they might actually be online.
  • Buddy List: The centerpiece of AIM, a list containing the status of up to 1000 buddies stored on an AIM server so you can access this list from any instance of AIM. The status of the buddies can be seen as 'online', 'away', 'idle', 'mobile', or 'offline'.
  • Direct connection: AIM users can, instead of relaying messages through the AIM server, connect to each other's computers directly via this method and send various forms of media.
  • Screenname: Term for user name with AOL origins. These are available for free with registration at the AIM website.
  • Spim: Spam over Instant messaging. The spam problem in e-mail has the potential to spread to Instant Messaging, in the form of on-line advertisements. As a closed network, AOL has been able to block most spam, but some still passes through to users.
  • Rate limiting, which prevents a user from sending too many messages in a short amount of time. Once a user is rate limited, they are temporarily unable to send messages, but may still receive messages.
  • Warning: If a user feels a received instant message is inappropriate, he can "warn" the sender, which increases the sender's warning level. Warning levels reduce the rate at which users can send messages and can eventually cause a given screen name to be unable to sign-on for a period of time. Since it was often abused, the feature is no longer supported in AIM Triton or AIM 6, although warnings have not been disabled serverside, meaning that older AIM clients, third-party clients, or user-written add-ons may still allow users to bypass the "soft" removal of warning capabilities.
  • An AIM Closed List, Allow Only, Buddies Only, or Privacy refers to the option on the AOL Instant Messenger client to allow only users on a user's buddy list to contact them. This is to prevent harassment or spamming and is also a secure way to chat.
  • Icon A small, personalized picture that a user can set up to appear whenever they message another user.

A status message is a function of some instant messaging applications whereby a user may post a message that appears automatically to other users if they attempt to make contact. ... The term Buddy List® is a trademarked term of AOL, referring to the list of frequent contacts used in connection with AOLs Internet software and its AOL Instant Messenger (AIM®) program. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Note: to create a user account for Wikipedia, go to the login page. ... Messaging spam, sometimes called SPIM, is a type of spam targeting users of instant messaging services. ... In information technology, a server is an application or device that performs services for connected clients as part of a client-server architecture. ... The term Buddy List® is a trademarked term of AOL, referring to the list of frequent contacts used in connection with AOLs Internet software and its AOL Instant Messenger (AIM®) program. ... Harassment refers to a wide spectrum of offensive behavior. ... This article is about electronic spam. ...

Miscellaneous

AIM Pages was released in May 2006, allowing the 63 million AIM users to create an online, dynamic profile. The buddy list serves as the basis for the AIM Page social network. An AIM Page is built using modules following the ModuleT microformat.
In August of 2005, AOL launched the free webmail service AIM Mail. AIM Pages is a free service offered by AOL to anyone that has an AIM Screenname and is 16 years of age. ... The term Buddy List® is a trademarked term of AOL, referring to the list of frequent contacts used in connection with AOLs Internet software and its AOL Instant Messenger (AIM®) program. ... Not to be confused with social network services such as MySpace, etc. ... Microformat logo A microformat (sometimes abbreviated μF or uF) is a web-based[1] data formatting approach that seeks to re-use existing content as metadata, using only XHTML and HTML classes[2] and attributes. ... AIM Mail is a web-based email (webmail) service provided by AOL. Its main competitors are Gmail, MSN Hotmail and Yahoo! Mail. ...


Versions

The official versions of the AIM software are as follows:


Note: This list may be incomplete.

  • AIM 1.5.234, with an unknown release date (for various Linux distributions)
  • AIM 1.5.286, with an unknown release date (for various Linux distributions)
  • AIM 4.3, with an unknown release date (for Mac OS 8.6 and earlier)
  • AIM 4.3.2229, released in 2000, included with Netscape Communicator.
  • AIM 4.7.1333, released on February 18, 2004 (for Mac OS X and Mac OS 9)
  • AIM 4.8.2790, released on November 26, 2001 (for Windows 95)
  • AIM 5.0.2829, released in September 2002 (for Windows 98/NT4/ME/2000/XP)
  • AIM 5.1.3101, released in November 2002 (for Windows 98/NT4/ME/2000/XP)
  • AIM 5.2.3292, released in July 2003 (for Windows 98/NT4/ME/2000/XP)
  • AIM 5.5.3595, released in May 2004 (for Windows 98/NT4/ME/2000/XP)
  • AIM 5.9.3702, September 2004 (for Windows 98/NT4/ME/2000/XP)
  • AIM 5.9.3797, unknown release date (for Windows 98/NT4/ME/2000/XP)
  • AIM 5.9.3844, unknown release date (for Windows 98/NT4/ME/2000/XP)
  • AIM 5.9.3857, unknown release date (for Windows 98/NT4/ME/2000/XP)
  • AIM 5.9.6089, released on August 31, 2006 (for Windows 98/NT4/ME/2000/XP)
  • AIM 6.0.28.1, released on November 15, 2006 (for Windows 2000/XP/XP/Vista x64)
  • AIM 6.1.32.1, released on March 27, 2007 (for Windows 2000/XP/XP/Vista x64)
  • AIM 6.1.41.2, released on May 3, 2007 for Windows 2000/XP/XP/Vista x64)
  • AIM 6.5.4.16, released on October 10, 2007 for Windows 2000/XP/XP/Vista x64)
  • AIM 6.5.5.2, released on October 26, 2007 for Windows 2000/XP/XP/Vista x64)
  • AIM Pro 1.3 build 260, released on November 1, 2006 (for Windows 2000/XP)
  • AIM Express, unknown release date, online version.
  • AIM ET / LAIM / AIM Lite 0.31 Beta, released on ?, 2006 (for Windows 2000/XP/Vista)
  • AIM ET / LAIM / AIM Lite 0.31, released on December 11, 2006 (for Windows 2000/XP/Vista)
  • AIM ET / LAIM / AIM Lite 0.32, released on March 27, 2007 (for Windows 2000/XP/Vista)
  • AIM ET / LAIM / AIM Lite 0.33, released on June 8, 2007 (for Windows 2000/XP/Vista)

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Bots

AOL and various other companies supply robots on AIM which can receive messages and send a response based on the bot's purpose. For example, bots can help with studying, like StudyBuddy. Some are made to relate to children and teenagers, like Spleak or AOLSafetyBot, an AOL-run bot that provides information about staying safe online. Some like FashionCF give advice, and some are general purpose, like Smarterchild or the popular AIM Bot FriendBot. Other capabilities include games, calculators, sports results, web search, and much more. Prior to the inclusions of such bots, the bots DoorManBot and AIMOffline provided features provided today by AOL for those who needed it. Many AIM users utilize bots such as Smarterchild to take verbal abuse. Spleak is a chatbot created by IMT Labs. ... SmarterChild Mascot SmarterChild is a chatterbot available on the AOL Instant Messenger and MSN Messenger networks. ...


URI scheme

AOL Instant Messenger's installation process automatically installs an extra URI scheme ("protocol") handler into some web browsers, so that URIs beginning "aim:" can open a new AIM window with specified parameters. This is similar in function to the mailto: URI scheme, which creates a new e-mail message using the system's default mail program. For instance, a web page might include a link like the following in its HTML source to open a window for sending a message to the AIM user notarealuser: A URI scheme is the top level of the URI (Uniform Resource Identifier) naming structure. ...

 <a href="aim:goim?screenname=notarealuser">Send Message</a> 

To specify a message body, the message parameter is used, so that the link location might look like this:

 aim:goim?screenname=notarealuser&message=This+is+my+message 

To specify an away message, the message parameter is used, so that the link location might look like this:

 aim:goaway?message=Hello, my name is Bill 

When placing this inside a URL link, an AIM user could click on the URL link and the away message "Hello, my name is Bill" would instantly become their away message.


In addition, these can be placed and used within AIM.


Malware

AOL Instant Messenger (along with other networks such as Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger) is often used as a conduit or "vector" for delivering malicious software such as spyware, viruses, worms, and trojans to unsuspecting computer users. The two methods used by hackers to deliver malware over the IM vector are (1) sending a file transfer with a virus-infected file, and (2) delivering a message with socially engineered content containing a web address (URL) containing active malicious code. Viruses and worms with colorful names such as W32/Vanebot-AA or WORM_NUGACHE.G have been identified as targeting users of the AIM network over the past few years.


The threat of infection by these two methods is substantial and growing. The IM Security Center, a collaboration between security companies and corporations, has tracked attacks over IM since 2003 and shows well over 1000 distinct attacks over the public IM networks. The first half of 2007 saw an 84% increase in IM attacks over the first half of 2006. While IM-specific attacks remain a small percentage of overall virus and malware threats, the continued growth in usage of IM, along with the rapid adoption of IM in the workplace (See Instant Messaging) make IM an attractive vector for hackers, and both individuals and companies must take precautions to avoid infection. // Instant messaging (IM) is a form of real-time communication between two or more people based on typed text. ...


The most common method of delivering a malicious payload is the use of social engineering to construct a message that appears to be coming from a Buddy on the Buddy List. A socially engineered message is one that is written in a friendly, informal manner, that could easily be mistaken as coming from a friend. The message usually will say something like "Click here to see pics of me from vacation!" or "Is this you?" with a web address -- known as a "poison URL" -- for the recipient to click. Upon clicking the web address, the recipient is directed to a web page containing active content, which is immediately downloaded to the recipient's computer. In most cases, the payload contains an installer, a number of hidden files containing text, and code which causes the same socially engineered message with poison URL to be sent to every buddy on the Buddy List. When the message is sent to all buddies, the cycle starts again, as each buddy believes they are receiving a message from a trusted friend. In this manner, IM-borne malware is capable of propagating very rapidly through company and external networks.


Worms and viruses are discovered on a regular basis by security companies, particularly by the three companies with IM-specific security products, Akonix Systems, FaceTime Communications, and Symantec. According to IM security researchers at Akonix, the number of new threats identified each month is 30 to 35, with a high of 88 in October, 2006. An instant messaging manager is a software product created specifically to secure, archive, and/or filter the content of instant messages on the popular instant messaging networks. ...


As one example of an IM threat, on September 18, 2006, research experts led by Christopher Boyd and Wayne Porter at FaceTime Labs, the threat research division FaceTime Communications, identified and reported a new worm known as W32.Pipeline that was propagating over AOL Instant Messenger. The worm delivers an executable file disguised as a JPEG, which in turn calls out to various host computers that download a variety of infection files including rootkits and Trojans that may further propagate the worm through the user's AIM Buddy List. is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Christopher Boyd, better known as his online pseudonym Buttfucker, is an epic failure at life organization Vitalsecurity. ... JPG redirects here. ... A rootkit is a set of software tools frequently used by a third-party (usually an intruder) after gaining access to a computer system. ...


Shortly thereafter, researchers at Akonix identified a new worm called W32.Spybot.ALRD propagating primarily over the AIM network. W32.Spybot.ALRD is a worm that opens a back door on the infected computer and attempts to spread to network shares protected by weak passwords.


Another example of software that uses AIM to deliver information back to a third party is Viewpoint Media Player, a program that is installed during the installation of AOL Instant Messenger that is a plugin for displaying graphical content in the software's own proprietary format. According to the software's end user license agreement, Viewpoint Media Player collects usage information and forwards it to Viewpoint servers. Each installation of Viewpoint Media Player contains a unique alphanumeric identification number that can be used to uniquely identify an installation of the software. Viewpoint Media Player (VMP) is a browser plug-in produced by Viewpoint Corporation. ... For other uses, see Plug in. ... A software license is a type of proprietary or gratiuitious license as well as a memorandum of contract between a producer and a user of computer software &#8212; sometimes called an End User License Agreement (EULA) &#8212; that specifies the perimeters of the permission granted by the owner to the...


See also

The following tables compare general and technical information for a number of instant messaging clients. ... This is a comparison of Internet Relay Chat clients. ... The following tables compare general and technical information for a number of instant messaging protocols. ...

Other clients

Adium is a popular instant messaging client for Mac OS X that supports multiple protocols through the libpurple library. ... This article is about the Mac software. ... Meebo is an in-browser instant messaging program which supports multiple IM services, including Yahoo! Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, Google Talk, AIM, ICQ [1], and Jabber and is based on the free and open source library libpurple created by the software developers of Pidgin[2]. // Although still in its early... Miranda Instant Messenger is a minimalist, open source multiprotocol instant messaging application, designed for Microsoft Windows. ... Meetro is a multi-network instant messenger with location-based services (LBS). ... 1. ... naim is a minimalist messaging and chat program written by Daniel Reed which supports the protocols AIM, ICQ, IRC, and lily (CMC). ... Proteus is an instant messenger client for Mac OS X that can access the Jabber, AIM, .Mac, ICQ, MSN, Lotus Sametime, Yahoo! Messenger and Yahoo! Japan networks, as well as supporting chat over local Bonjour networks. ... Gaim (to be renamed Pidgin in the next release) is a popular multi-platform instant messaging client that supports many commonly used instant messaging protocols. ... Gaim is a popular multi-platform instant messaging client that supports many commonly used instant messaging protocols. ... TerraIM is a free, lightweight, cross-platform AOL Instant Messenger client, supporting most standard features of AIMs OSCAR protocol. ... Trillian is a multiprotocol instant messaging application for Windows created by Cerulean Studios that can connect to multiple IM services, such as AIM, ICQ, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, IRC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, Bonjour, Jabber, and Skype networks (the latter four with Trillian Pro which allows for additional plugins). ... Trillian is a multiprotocol instant messaging application for Windows created by Cerulean Studios that can connect to multiple IM services, such as AIM, ICQ, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, IRC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, Bonjour, Jabber, and Skype networks (the latter four with Trillian Pro which allows for additional plugins). ...

Other links

AIM+ is a free third-party add-on for AOL Instant Messenger created by Big-O Software. ... AIM Ad Hack is a free third-party add-on for AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) created by Cuban-Aftermath Software. ... AIM Phoneline is a Voice over IP PC-PC, PC-Phone and Phone-to-PC service [1], [2], [3] provided by AOL via its AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) application. ... AIM Fight is an online program by AOL (America Online) designed to have two screen names on AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) compete for popularity. ... AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) is a free, advertisement-supported proprietary instant messaging and presence computer program which uses the OSCAR instant messaging protocol and the TOC protocol. ... For other uses, see AOL (disambiguation). ... DeadAIM is a program created by JDennis to add new features to and disable the advertising in AOL Instant Messenger (AIM). ... middle_man is a program created by Krunch Software with the sole purpose of Enhancing your AIM experience. The AOL Instant Messenger plug-in enhances and extends funtionality of AIM to its users. ... OSCAR is AOLs instant messaging and presence information protocol standing for Open System for CommunicAtion in Realtime. ... SmarterChild Mascot SmarterChild is a chatterbot available on the AOL Instant Messenger and MSN Messenger networks. ... The factual accuracy of this section is disputed. ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.bigblueball.com/forums/general-other-im-news/34413-im-market-share.html
  2. ^ Spyware or Slyware?
  3. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20050429015433/http://beta.aol.com/projects/tritonbeta/

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AOL Instant Messenger combines AOL's popular Buddy List and Instant Message features, enabling users to send and respond to messages immediately.
AIM 5.2 introduces the ability for AIM members to send and receive end-to-end encrypted messages - IM, Chat and File Transfer - allowing for message privacy and member identification.
AIM 5.5 adds video conferencing and the ability to sign-on with multiple screen name simultaneously.
AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) Center at BigBlueBall - Everything About Instant Messaging and Chat (1791 words)
AIM users can listen to the music on their PCs anytime their buddies are online while fully respecting copyright issues of the music industry.
In turn, AOL continued to run AIM and ICQ as independent instant messaging products, although the company’s decision means both products will be developed by ICQ Israel.
To show a powerful demonstration of what is possible, the AIM host team released a Google Earth network link which lets you dynamically look at the connections between AIM chats geographically around the world.
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