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Old 12-11-2017, 04:19 PM   #1
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Checking my AIM buddylist one last time~

With AIM on its way out on/during/after this friday I wanted ta give it another lookover! AIM standalones been a thing for just over 20 years. An as I understand it chats been a thing on AOL since basically the beginning which is even longer! Kinda makes this a major thing for it ta be shutdown seeing how quickly stuff on the 'net usually comes & goes.

Gotta say I am alil sad how many of the names on there I remember but the context/people behind 'em I've forgotten! UPN peeps aren't among the forgotten though! Got like half a dozen or more of ya on theres!

It sucked in June when AOL reverted back ta being a paid service since for the longest time both on my previous computer an now this one that couldn't get standalone AIM working. Only in the past few months did I get it going again. So AOL proper was the only way I could get on an chat which was kinda a pain as you'd prolly guess! I'm always bad at keeping in touch but in this case it wasn't all on me >.>;
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Old 12-11-2017, 04:43 PM   #2
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BBB and I plan on staying online until the clock runs 12, perhaps we'll get isekai'd to a MMORPG! I'll be taking excerpts from my ancient chat logs to show how people have changed in the past two decades.

Also, I think I should use this opportunity to mention that I'm urging anyone who I can contact to move to LINE instead of Disqus or other clients. LINE, like AIM doesn't change format quite so often and because it's Japanese there's a lot more security from the US botnets.

You don't need a phone number to sign up. If you need help using the anonymous method, ask and I'll type up a guide.
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Old 12-11-2017, 05:55 PM   #3
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I've not been on aim in a few years or so but I will be on from now until the end of the week partying hard with all 0 people of my friends still on it.
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Old 12-11-2017, 06:49 PM   #4
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Kinda doubt I'll be awake/available when the service goes down but I'll steal other peoples idea of hanging around on there abit each day!
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Old 12-12-2017, 12:56 AM   #5
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I'm not old enough to have used AIM ;-; My parents locked the internet away until I was 13 because they were afraid of pedophiles, and by then Facebook was a thing and forums were how I got my online interactions with strangers done.
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Old 12-12-2017, 03:47 AM   #6
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Some choice users from my buddy list

AnengaChris

Bulbasaur, the founder of Bulbasaur's Mysterious Garden

APZ AG5001

Ascendant Pikachu Zero. He was on AIM at some point, and freaked out when I talked to him after years. The last time he was online I asked him if he liked baseball and he was all "no". From BMG.

Austin Powers

An old chatbot, baby.

aznightwatch

p sure this is Arizona Talon!

BenZRoller01

Dude from BMG. Forgot a lot about him.

bigcwalk

Star of a very weird convo.

bnl4mariners

Mariners fan? Before I even knew what the Mariners were.

BrownieDX

Poster in one of BMG's elite cliques.

ChikoritaLeaf

Bulbasaur's second handle (after BulbasaurBG).

Ciel fanboy

Buddy o' mine from high school. Got his art published by TYPE-MOON themselves. Also, the guy who introduced me to Fate/stay night.

Cutelilpip

cutemeowth, an officer of Team Rocket who built up the FB forum Team Rocket's Head Place. I watched over its grave for about 10 years before getting tired and letting it finally die.

damicatz17

Original UPNer(?) and former UPN sysop.

depressio111117

Strong Sad.

dorkius totalus

Loki, I think. Infamous for his NSFW avatars and creepy Jiraya pre-fondling .gifs.

eternalchaos46

Formerly Hissing Arbok, one of my longest friends at BMB who hasn't been seen in at least 6 years.

Faiku Owen

Owen was an extremely touched UPN poster. British. I used to blame Loki with initiating the first "modern death" in PASBL, where a Charmander fell off a train while it was crossing "the land of very sharp needles, but I believe Owen was reffing that match. Sorry, Loki!

GasmanGAN

Another friend from high school, who started a comic "Dotman and Bob". Dotman was a dot-based superhero we'd draw in comics during class. Bob was a fish taken from my backyard pond who we put in a micropond, who eventually died and became "bob water". In the comics Dotman was a fat dough-boy whose head was was a pencil-filled dot (black on the face and white on the back, since the paper was white). Bob was a flying fish who had no face, just eyes/eye-stalks and a mouth/esophagus.

High Lord Kaden

Legendary Raichu. Friend for a time who eventually backstabbed me somehow.

his iron lung

I used to know this guy.

hotdiggedydemon

Animator, has a YouTube channel.

HtMouseTomato
HTssecretAIM


I forgot who this was.

insidreams

UPN poster and biochemist. He should come back already!

JeSs TR PrInCeSs

Jesse from BMG.

joekidot

joekido the second, a crazy but well-meaning guy from Arlong Park.

KC Carter

Former subordinate from Billy vs. SNAKEMAN.

kevinballa33

Kevin Durant.

KnobertKK

Knobert, formerly of UPN PASBL who created the original Metronome generator!

lastgoldendragon

Someone from LRPGM?

Liam Pomfret

Archaic. Banned.

Link74bit

Poster from early BMG (late 2000) who I befriended. Don't remember much about the guy.

Lizardon46

Friend from early era BMG. Provided me warez like the RBY/GSC ROMs that gave me video game cred. I wonder if he was Canadian?

Lord Brownie X
Lord Espeon


From BMG's VIP clique. You can tell from the "LORD" titles they anointed themselves.

lugia2478

Old (to me) but bland BMG poster. Also posted on UPN. His name inspired me to pick early usernames "Alakazam2901" and "Gyarados66" before settling on what would define me forever.

MachampEternal

Infamous UPN/BMG poster. Can't remember any specific infamies though.

Mikeydude700

BMG poster who had banned me on AIM, apparently, because I could converse with him under my alts.

minihosh

Some Tenchi fan, I wager.

missbri04

A female hero who saved me when I was going to be banned from BMG, when I was a dumb kid trying to get a big post count. Left a bigger impression than I acknowledged at first.

MousseLuver

I know this guy and Ranma are connected somehow.

MrAceManne

Recognize the name, forgot the details.

Murky Krow

UPNer I think? Used to know.

Muyothree
muyotwo


Our own Nick Muyo. Originally the boyfriend of hyperkurai, they broke up because he apparently broke her with his "12 incher". I was probably supposed to forget this, but I have an eclectic memory

NoBS PiccoloNmk

UPN's own PiccoloNamek. Haven't talked to him in years, even longer on AIM.

npcserver

Some GRAAL guy I got talking to.

oI ambience Io

BMG poster named "Dark_One" who IM'd me in 2013 and we exchanged memories of how things once were. Pretty cool event.

OPotterYouRotter

Tigrin. Pretty good artist from BMG. We last talked in 2012. She was still using "T_T" emoticons still. Natsukashii!

SeadraBG

Seadra Reef. Wrote the only halfway decent Pokemon fanfics, "One for One" and "Wings of Hope". Canadian, I believe.

smoothmexican666

A smooth Mexican.

SnorRuler0fEarth

Original server guy for BMG, knowledgeable about programming. Ran the webserver "Snorland" to which I had space at one point. I didn't know PHP and so couldn't take full advantage of the opportunity.

TenchiInLove2

I think this was Tenchi Oak. BMG vipper and mod but not a bad guy.

TheOtherGuy444

Buddy of mine from middle school who was the artist on Dotman and Bob. Also known as Bulbadude! Now married. Honestly believed I would bang before I got my first kiss. He's not wrong yet!

[email protected]

Big Pimp Krillin. I wonder what he thinks seeing as he is listed in ajn's creation myths on one of the internet's most prevalent memes. How does it feel to contribute DNA to every "waifu war" that goes on to this very day?!

Undead Beat

BMGer. Maybe UPNer.

Vincent Garner

KliffYuo from Billy vs. SNAKEMAN. Cool dude with a cute baby boy!

wititisick101

My friend Malcom, registered on UPN as Almost Legendary. Big Makoto Shishioh fan.

xChaosRocketx

Chaos Rocket. Single-handedly built a ship out of pallets or something.

Y2Mozz

The Mozz. Italian-American with a huge New York 'fro who named himself after a cheese.

ZoraJolteon

Used to know this person.
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Old 12-12-2017, 01:28 PM   #7
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I'm not old enough to have used AIM ;-; My parents locked the internet away until I was 13 because they were afraid of pedophiles, and by then Facebook was a thing and forums were how I got my online interactions with strangers done.
literally same

my friends in elementary/middle school had AIM accounts but I wasn't really allowed to use the internet freely until 8th grade and by that time Myspace/AIM/other stuff was on the way out
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Old 12-13-2017, 04:27 PM   #8
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Dopples naming & shaming of people made me realize a few similar names on my list as well! On mine from or formerly UPN is Kuno, Morg, Muyo, Archaic, Loki, Talon, Bulbasaur, Jaxel, DrRon, Mozz, and Serebii. Hardly an extensive list but one that clearly dates back a long ways o.o!

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I'm not old enough to have used AIM ;-;
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my friends in elementary/middle school had AIM accounts but I wasn't really allowed to use the internet freely until 8th grade and by that time Myspace/AIM/other stuff was on the way out
That stinks! Missed out on some good & weird times in the UPN chatroom of days gone by e.e
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Old 12-14-2017, 08:18 AM   #9
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NoBS PiccoloNmk

UPN's own PiccoloNamek. Haven't talked to him in years, even longer on AIM.
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Old 12-14-2017, 05:32 PM   #10
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Rumor is if you stay logged into AIM when the servers shut down you get transported to a world where all your old AIM friends are there.
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Old 12-14-2017, 05:48 PM   #11
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Rumor is if you stay logged into AIM when the servers shut down you get transported to a world where all your old AIM friends are there.
No ways! Kinda a shame I won't be there at the end! Unless its a bad/creepy world stuck in the past, then maybe nots a shame!
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Old 12-14-2017, 06:41 PM   #12
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We're having a pre apocalypse party chat on AIM if any old school people want to join in (or new school). It has a web client too!
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Old 12-14-2017, 11:35 PM   #13
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We're having a pre apocalypse party chat on AIM if any old school people want to join in (or new school). It has a web client too!
When exactly do the servers go down?
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Old 12-14-2017, 11:40 PM   #14
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BBB's having trouble logging in, and aim.com is inaccessible. The client might already be down, although I can still talk through Trillian.
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Old 12-14-2017, 11:52 PM   #15
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"Trillian is currently in offline mode and not connected to the Trillian Astra network. Any changes to your contact list will not be saved to the server."

Looks like I may have missed the party.

UPN Kuno - Last Seen On: Thu Jul 22 2010 at 14:54:17

I haven't used Trillian in over seven years.

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Tried moving over to Pidgin. And ...

"aznightwatch disconnected. Error requesting https://api.oscar.aol.com/aim/startOSCARSession: Unable to connect to api.oscar.aol.com: SSL Handshake Failed"

That's it. That's the end of that era.
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Old 12-15-2017, 12:15 AM   #16
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What's with the Komm Susser Tod music?

End of the world fanfare?
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Old 12-15-2017, 12:32 AM   #17
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It's over.

22:30, 12/14/2017 - AOL Instant Messenger passes away
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Old 12-15-2017, 01:26 AM   #18
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Me going AFK for an hour then trying to send messages again

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It's over.

22:30, 12/14/2017 - AOL Instant Messenger passes away
Wait a minute! 12/14 isn't 12/15!! What a r.i.p.off!
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Old 12-15-2017, 04:51 PM   #20
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I'm on PST. It was 12/15 in certain parts of the US.
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Old 12-15-2017, 06:27 PM   #21
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That A in AIM stands for AMERICA! If it was still the 14th somewhere in america when it went down then those peeps got scammed!
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Old 12-16-2017, 04:27 PM   #22
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That A in AIM stands for AMERICA! If it was still the 14th somewhere in america when it went down then those peeps got scammed!
For a second I thought this was a patriotic joke thing (MERRICA) but then I remember that you're actually right. Was a shame it went down early (or even at all), it was fun talking to everyone again in an old school party chat.
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I tried to log in after work (was still the 14th), and it wouldn't even let me log in.

Even though there are better shinier things out there, I will still miss it. So many memories from when I was an internet babby.
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Old 12-21-2017, 03:04 PM   #24
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This was sure nostalgic, I hadn't used the AIM client proper in years, at least since high school ended. I went perma Trillian in college.
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First MSN, thein AIM, then Yahoo. *sigh* At least Trillian isn't needed now. They have some other boring business now.

What pisses me off is I didn't know the contact lists were server side. Damn it!

Fortunately the original UPN instant messenger is around to creep you out. That's right. I'm ICQ 72855410. No contacts though, except Snorlax. :S

As far as I can tell, I haven't actually used it since 2004. I don't like this world :(
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