If you are experiencing issues trying to connect Facebook to AIM, you aren’t alone. Looks like our friends at Facebook are having some issues right now effecting third party products like AIM. We’re pretty confident they will get things back on track soon. This shouldn’t be an issue if you added Facebook in the past. Thanks for your patience.
Thanks PCMag.com, we think AIM for iPad is pretty great too! Number 31 on their top 100 must have iPad apps.
“AIM is easily one of the best instant-messenger apps on the iPad. You can set up multiple usernames (and switch among them at any time), send IMs to any phone that supports text messaging, receive social network updates, and chat with Facebook and Google Talk users.”
AIM for Android and iPhone now with social updates
Just in time for Valentine’s Day. Chat with your sweetheart using the latest versions of AIM for Android and iPhone. We heard you missed Lifestream, so we modernized it a bit and added Instagram feed support. Access it from one easy to navigate “Updates” window. We’ve fixed some bugs and enhanced performance on both applications too. Enjoy!
Never miss a notification - new Twitter mention or Facebook comment, get them right in the app. (Android pictured)
Use AIM to post your status to Facebook or compose your Tweet in AIM for iPhone (coming soon to Android) (Android pictured)
Fully redesigned social networking updates. Now see your news feeds from AIM, Instagram and Facebook in one easy to navigate window. Comment and like Facebook and AIM posts right from the app (iPhone pictured)
AIM for iPhone users may receive new IMs even after exiting
AIM for iPhone users, if you’ve upgraded your iOS, you may have noticed you continue to get new IM notifications even after you’ve exited AIM. A bug in the new iOS creates two sessions of AIM running simultaneously. We’re working on a fix on our end, but in the meantime, you can work around this problem by doing the following:
Open a new chat and send the number 1 to username aolsystemmsg. This will get you back to one session of AIM running.
Thanks for your patience. We’ll post here when the new version is ready.
Lots of good stuff just released in AIM for Windows and Mac.
Lifestream is back! We’ve brought over your Facebook and Twitter accounts, Instagram is newly available and YouTube will be coming soon.
To add these services, just click the icons on the left side bar of your contact list. Click the updates icon (under the chat bubble) to see your feed. Cross post your status to Facebook and Twitter too. You can edit, add, and remove your services from preferences anytime.
Look for Lifestream to make its way back into AIM for iPhone and Android later this Fall.
Missing the classic IM sent sound? No problem, open your AIM preferences (now available from the dot dot dot button on the side bar), choose the sound tab, open the options by selecting edit. Then choose “Play the classic AIM sound”. If you prefer to set your own custom sound, select the “Choose file” button and browse to a sound on your machine.
Want to store a copy of your chats on your computer? No problem. AIM for Window now offers this feature. For your privacy, you’ll need to opt into it. Open preferences, and select the box next to Choose how your messages are saved, “Store and save a copy of my chats on my computer”.
Don’t wait until it’s too late, make sure you have your latest email and an account security question tied to your AIM account. This will ensure if your account gets compromised or you lose access to your email you can still log into AIM. It’s pretty simple, and should only take you a min!
Go to http://myaccount.aol.com/. Once you are logged in, you can update your account by clicking on manage my account details, update my contact information. You can add/change your security question by clicking on manage username, update/change my account security question.
Buddy groups are back in AIM for Mac and Windows and AIM.com
Earlier this year we launched the new AIM with a redesigned way to organize your contacts. We heard from a lot of you who missed your custom groups. We listened, so now your groups are right where you left them.
Don’t worry, if you’ve come to love your list without custom groups, you can easily hide them. Simply go to your menu, choose “Contacts” then deselect “Show custom groups”. We promise we’ll get them back in our mobile apps soon.
AIM is looking for a lead designer in our Dulles, VA, office. A portfolio is required for consideration. If you think you have what it takes, check out the job description and apply today! http://www.aim.com/jobs
You may have noticed logging into to AIM.com is a no go since earlier today. We’re working hard to fix the problem. In the meantime, you can use AIM Express. http://www.aim.com/products/express to chat on the web.
Sorry AIMers, we experienced a bit of a hiccup today that may have interrupted your ability to log into AIM. All should be running smoothly now. If you are still experiencing issues, you may need to reset your password here https://bill.aol.com/SPortal/jsp/main.jsp. Sorry for the inconvenience. We’re working hard to make sure this doesn’t happen again.
Resolved: Google Talk & AIM interoperability not working
UPDATE 3/15: This issue has been resolved and Google Talk/AIM interoperability has been restored.
Google has temporarily disabled the ability for a Google Talk account to talk directly with an AIM account while we work out an issue with spam accounts. We’ll update you when this has been re-enabled.
You can still use your Google Talk account within AIM to talk to your Google contacts.
We’re excited to announce that the new AIM has graduated from “Preview” status! The AIM you now see at aim.com has all of the cool new stuff you saw during the preview with even more refinements.
AIM now gives you:
Group chats. Talk to groups of friends, family, classmates, coworkers and more in a fun group conversation.
Instant media previews. Share a link to a picture, video, or tweet and we’ll show it right inline.
Social notifications. Get updates about the social activity you care about on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, AOL Mail and Gmail.
Message syncing. When you talk to someone else who’s also using the new AIM, we’ll store & sync your conversation so it’s available even when you switch devices (say, from your PC to your iPhone)
AIM has been redesigned from the ground up, keeping the core conversation features you know and love, with a clean, modern look. Try out AIM (either online, for your PC or Mac, or for iPhone or Android) today, and let us know what you think through the “Feedback” links in the product.
We’ll share more in-depth feature overviews and information here in the coming weeks—stay tuned!
What an amazing few days we’ve had. As you can imagine, the launching of even a preview version of a long-standing internet mainstay like AIM has taken lots of work and kept us busy—hence the Sunday night post! The preview launch drew lots of attention from both regular folks like you as well as reporters (who are like regular folks, but with a copy of the AP Stylebook on their nightstand).
We wanted to take the time to address a couple of things:
It’s fantastic seeing history and conversation syncing working in AIM. However, we’ve noticed (as you might have) that it’s not working perfectly yet. We’re aware of this and are working on improving reliability (remember: this is a preview!)
You might have noticed that if you sent a message to someone who’s not using the new AIM, we send a one-time message over AIM to that person to let them know that we’re now storing message history. This is to comply with federal and state laws, that require us to tell users that we now log their conversations. For now, we will always do a first time notification from new AIM preview users to other users. We’ll work on messaging around this to make it super clear when other people will see this message.
That said, some of you have experienced a bug that sends multiple repeated notices to certain accounts. Yuck! That’s definitely not the intended behavior, and we’ll have a fix for this tomorrow.
The history message is still sent when you switch back to an older version of AIM or even a third-party client. This is because once you try out the new AIM, we begin storing message history no matter which client you use (it’s an account-level setting). We recognize you might not want this to remain in effect—see below point.
Some people have asked for the ability to add a global “off the record” setting to AIM rather than just making a chat-by-chat selection. This is on our near-term roadmap and we’ll let you know when we have a solution.
We’re so happy you checked out the new AIM and we hope you continue to let us know what you enjoy (or not) about the preview. Stay tuned. We many more improvements and exciting things on the way.
There is good news in the land of AIM today! We’re releasing our preview of the next generation of AIM. Short version: check out new Mac, Windows, Android, iPhone, and web versions of AIM here.
The slightly longer story is that AIM has evolved. The new AIM brings you new and improved group chats, inline expansion of photos, videos and tweets, conversation syncing and history across platforms, video chat, enhanced status updates, news and more. The product has been given a complete visual and technical overhaul on all platforms, and we hope you enjoy it (it has certainly been a labor of love). See below for a sneak peek, but the best way to experience the new AIM is to download or sign in to see for yourself. Enjoy!