Its main competitors during its heyday were ICQ, Yahoo! AOL particularly had a rivalry or 'chat war' with rival Microsoft starting in 1999.There were several attempts from Microsoft to simultaneously log into their own and AIM's protocol servers.As of June 2011 However, this number only reflects installed IM applications, and not active users.The engineers responsible for AIM claimed that they were unable to convince AOL management that free was the future.
does not allow you to create a number of profiles using the same email address.
AIM's popularity declined steeply at the end of the decade, and its fall has often been compared with other once-popular internet services such as My Space.
This does not include other instant messaging software related to or developed by AOL, such as ICQ and i Chat.
Arabs, Azeris, Kurds, Persians, and Turks constitute the largest ethnic groups in the region by population, while Armenians, Assyrians, Circassians, Copts, Druze, Jews, Maronites, Somalis, and other denominations form significant minorities.
Since AOL has stopped providing an AIM Chat List publicly, third party providers have crept up and started providing free AIM chat rooms on their own websites.