As the venerable messaging system goes permanently AFK, one writer recalls how the platform allowed him to blossom into teenage eloquence

I was saddened this week to learn of the passing of a technological titan: the great AOL Instant Messenger. I knew it simply as Aim and I owe it a debt of gratitude, for it helped to make me the strapping, confident young man I am today, with decently fast typing skills.

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