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(Washington Post)   AOL to ruin the only thing they got right, plan to charge for IMs   ( divider line
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30352 clicks; posted to Main » on 04 Mar 2003 at 1:22 PM (14 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2003-03-04 01:15:56 PM  
They got something right? Could have fooled me.
2003-03-04 01:25:39 PM  
The Washington Holland Post Sentinel?
2003-03-04 01:25:42 PM  
2003-03-04 01:26:00 PM  
Wow, and I thought the merger with Time Warner was a bad idea.
2003-03-04 01:26:55 PM  
"America Online executives fear that charging consumers for basic IM use, which they are not considering, or loading the service with ads and promotions could drive people to use the services offered by Microsoft and Yahoo."

Well they better not!
2003-03-04 01:27:25 PM  
Then, when you read the article, it says they have no plans to charge for consumer messaging; they want to cater a paid service to businesses.

Oh wait, I wasn't supposed to read the article before posting, right? Can never keep the rules straight...
2003-03-04 01:27:29 PM  
MSN is better. If you type a ":|" it makes this badass poker-face emoticon. So you can say shiat like, "You got a problem, biatch? :|", and motherfarkers think you ain't play'in. Word.

2003-03-04 01:28:03 PM  
They don't have the sac for this.
There are too many free services out there anyway.
2003-03-04 01:28:32 PM  
They are not planning on charging for personal IM at the moment. The article discusses ways for them to make money off IM, such as creating Corporate IM products for companies. Customized, even.

Personally, as much as I despise Steve Case and the company that he spawned (yes I know he's not CEO anymore), I think this is a good idea. My cheif objection to people using IM to communicate in my company is that its insecure, and corporate secrets could make it into the wrong hands. If they can sell an internal solution, everyone's happy.
2003-03-04 01:28:41 PM  
well, aim is the least bloated of the im programs, and it's the only one i care to use...but why they think anyone would pay for the service i don't know
2003-03-04 01:28:45 PM  
And while it has no plans to charge consumers for the existing service, AOL is considering selling add-ons such as matchmaking and games.

Far less sensational than the taglin would lead us to believe.
2003-03-04 01:28:52 PM  
hm, I don't think that I care, actually.
2003-03-04 01:29:12 PM  
I hear the Bush administration is planning a Cable Modem Tax to pay for the war in Iraq. Send your letters to the FCC now!

2003-03-04 01:29:41 PM  
oh no this changes everyth...oh wait...zzzzzzzzz
2003-03-04 01:29:57 PM  
They're not going to charge for regular AIM use. They're going to license corporate versions of the application to businesses. It's not much of a stretch to realize that a more robust and feature-rich IM client would be perfect for large, disperse offices.

Bash AOL all you want (and you should), but this is not THAT much of a dumbass move.
2003-03-04 01:30:04 PM  
Not to mention my favorite program "Trillian" Puts MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, IRC and AOLIM all on one platform/application. I can talk to everyone, for free, and not have a thousand apps running.
2003-03-04 01:30:04 PM  
guess i'll have to find another server for my trillian software..whats that? i gotta turn to MS again? dam
2003-03-04 01:30:09 PM  
Why does the article tout ICQ as being far more advanced?
2003-03-04 01:30:14 PM  
it has no plans to charge consumers for the existing service

That's all I needed to read right there...
2003-03-04 01:30:18 PM  
I could've swore I saw this idea in a chain letter about 2-3 years ago. I'm still waiting for Bill Gates to send me my money as well.
2003-03-04 01:30:21 PM  
Here you go. - Trillian
"Connect to ICQ®, AIM®, MSN® Messenger, Yahoo!® Messenger and IRC in a single, sleek and slim interface."
2003-03-04 01:30:28 PM  
I like how the article calls it a trendy alternative to using the phone. Back when I was a teenager, nothing computer related was considered trendy.
2003-03-04 01:30:49 PM  
o.. nm.. scratch my last post (i like boobies)
2003-03-04 01:30:51 PM  
I wouldn't pay for it if I had Ted Turner's personal screen name in my buddy list
2003-03-04 01:31:03 PM  
2003-03-04 01:31:12 PM  
2003-03-04 01:31:50 PM  
Trillian is better, if only for the smiley you get from

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2003-03-04 01:32:13 PM  
trillian is the shizzle.

I'm filing this one under dilligaf...
2003-03-04 01:32:20 PM  
Business versions? Yeah, business wants something they can use to spy on people. That's a surefire way to ensure that folks don't use it.
2003-03-04 01:32:21 PM  
Actually, after reading the article it looks like a good idea. They won't ever charge the users anything, but by billing companies that want to expand into an IM service, they'll be able to add more power and features to AOLIM.

I'm all for it. Especially if it can kill that damn MSN messenger.
2003-03-04 01:32:32 PM  
well, aim is the least bloated of the im programs, and it's the only one i care to use...

I'm a Trillian convert, almost all of the functionality of AIM, MSN Messenger, Yahoo Msgr, ICQ & IRC in one app...

I ponied up my $25 for the Pro version last Friday, but the basic version is free Download it here

2003-03-04 01:32:47 PM  
I have the Silver-XP skin for Trillian which let you moon other people. (Fart noises included)

2003-03-04 01:33:41 PM  
Heh, lots of Trillian users...

They oughtta give a Fark discount...

2003-03-04 01:33:48 PM  
Why use AOL trash? ICQ and MSN Messenger are both better and you can tweak the shiat out of them.
2003-03-04 01:34:09 PM  
I'm proud to say that I never bought into any of the AOL crap. A lot of people I know use them for their ISP. When I got my computer at home, they were the last people I planned on using... I downloaded the AIM that was available and it messed up my computer. Fark AOL
2003-03-04 01:34:33 PM  
There's gotta be enough geeks and marketing people on Fark to come up with our own FREE IM program.
2003-03-04 01:35:06 PM  
AOL = the only virus people consciously install on their machine.
2003-03-04 01:35:12 PM  
Phew. For a second there I thought I was gonna have to start migrating over to some suckier service. Farking 108 buddies down the drain.

Stupid headline.
2003-03-04 01:35:16 PM  
SurgeonDryHog - have you ever actually used ICQ? It is like 1000 times more advanced.
2003-03-04 01:35:36 PM  
Who cares, as long as it doesn't affect internet users.
2003-03-04 01:35:38 PM  
fark that, I shall never use AIM again if they charge for it.
2003-03-04 01:35:47 PM  
Hello, mr. stockbroker man? Hi, please sell short one million shares of AOL please...thanks.
2003-03-04 01:35:53 PM  
GCD: It's called ICQ.
2003-03-04 01:36:03 PM  
Another case of posting without reading. Way to go Farkers!
2003-03-04 01:36:09 PM  
GCD: Gimme 2 weeks and 52 cases of Mountain Dew.
2003-03-04 01:36:32 PM  
Increased corporate spyware should actually increase demand for text-messaging cell-phones. May be good to short AOL and long the phone manufacturers.
2003-03-04 01:36:33 PM  
I doubt even the corporations would pay for it. Within IBM we have our own IM system that we all use instead of AIM anyway. It's not as good as AIM (or Microsoft's or Yahoo's versions), but it gets the job done.
2003-03-04 01:36:33 PM  
ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh quick buy some AOL stock!!!!
2003-03-04 01:37:45 PM  
Way off topic --

Does anyone know how high the Fark member numbers are up to now?
2003-03-04 01:37:57 PM  
This is a bad idear. I seem to remember Yahoo! tried the same thing a while back.

And yes, I'm referring to what they say in the article.
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