“Meanwhile, consumers found online dating and social networking to be a cost-effective way of meeting new people,” he adds.
Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Windsor, Venntro also has offices in London, San Francisco and Melbourne, and provides services to more than 40 million people in all major English-speaking markets. In the next few years, Venntro plans to add complementary online dating and lifestyle products to its portfolio, offering consumers a more varied experience and adapting to the shift in the marketplace from desktop computers to mobile devices.
The pioneering chat app that taught us to text is pulling the plug.
Unfortunately there’s no way to save or port your buddy list.
Initially the chat experience built into AOL desktop, AIM launched as a standalone app in 1997.
AIM was a domain parents didn’t understand, giving it a feeling of clandestine cool — akin to getting one’s first car but for the internet generation.
In fact, it was what first convinced me that social technology would change the way we interact with each other so vividly that it was worth studying and eventually writing about for a living.
But eventually text messaging, Google’s GChat and Facebook took over, while AIM never fully figured out the shift to mobile.
That led to AOL’s fall from grace, going from being valued at 4 billion in today’s money to just .4 billion when it was sold to Verizon in 2015.
“We know there are so many loyal fans who have used AIM for decades; and we loved working and building the first chat app of its kind since 1997,” AOL wrote on the AIM help page.
“Our focus will always be on providing the kind of innovative experiences consumers want.
I was a shy kid who’d fumble for words in person, but found my voice through the keyboard where I could compose and edit my thoughts before revealing them.
After three straight all-night AIM chats, I asked out my first girlfriend, on pins and needles staring at my cathode ray tube until she agreed.
Regardless of [Disclosure] Tech Crunch being owned by AOL, this moment is bittersweet for me.