Last week, TechCrunch posted a little announcement that got all 9 people who still used AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) very excited, as all their buddies had already left the dying empire and migrated to Google Talk, and AIM was starting to get kind of boring without them. AOL to the rescue - the company (or whatever is left of it) quietly announced that starting sometime this week, AIM and Google Talk users would be able to become BFFs again, all without switching away from their respective clients.

As of this morning, the integration of the 2 networks is a go.

AIM users can now add their Gtalk buddies by their Gmail email account - for example, [email protected]. On the other hand, Gtalk users can add AIMers by using something like [email protected]. In both cases, the other party would need to approve the request in order for the buddy list to display them as online.


Needless to say, I immediately added my Gmail self to my own AIM list, and voila - I was online and ready to talk to myself all day long. Which leads me to my next slide...


I'll be in my cave.

Via Reddit

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  • http://zackeryfretty.com/ Zackery Fretty

    I actually really liked AIM, everyone I know uses Facebook Chat now. I wish Google Talk was big around here, because Facebook and Jabber in general are terrible for reliability. Google Talk seems as stable as AIM when I do get the chance to use it.

    • Plastefuchs

      The funny thing is, Google Talk _is_ Jabber.

  • Saauron

    Essited. I like it. =D

  • Simon Belmont

    Haha. "Essited."

    I guess I must be one of the nine people. I still use it occasionally.

  • BobbyPhoenix

    I'm one of the nine also. AIM is all I use, but I guess there are more than nine, since my friends use it too, and I have 231 friends on AIM. Hm. Your math stinks! LOL

  • Mike

    Errm, I think you meant "excited".

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii
  • ocdtrekkie

    AIM is by far, my favorite IM protocol. Simply because it's the only one I can rely on to make contact with someone. GTalk, YIM, and MSN all have funky glitches sometimes when adding people, where the whole thing doesn't go through properly, and my friends and I are stuck unable to communicate.

    AIM is simple and the most reliable. It is by far the most dominant communication method I use day to day, outscoring even email.

  • cosmic

    Also an AIM user here and it is nice to know I can talk to Google Talk now too. I usually use Pidgeon but when I'm out and have to borrow a computer then I use aim.

  • Duffin

    People may not all use the AIM client anymore, but I think AIM's still one of the most popular out there. Honestly, of all my friends, only three of them have Gmail accounts, so I rarely even use GTalk. Everyone I know is on AIM and Yahoo.