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Suddenly AIM-less

The death of a messaging platform raises an important question: Should Trump’s tweets be preserved for posterity…or investigators?

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TONY BILGE/ALAMY

IF AOL INSTANT MESSEnGER (AIM) can perish, then the same could happen to Twitter. And if Twitter dies, well, there goes the Trump Presidential Library.

AIM once ruled digital communication. It had 100 million users in 2001, when the entire internet population was 140 million. That means AIM was used by 71 percent of the people online. Today, Facebook is used by 2 billion of the 3.2 billion people online, or 62.5 percent. That’s why AIM’s demise is so interesting. It is going nighty-night on December 15—a kind of tech euthanasia by its new owner, Verizon, for a product that barely shows a pulse now. Somebody should play “Taps” in those cheesy Pac-Manera computer music tones.

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