We know that, while some of the Ars audience were 1337 sysops on IRC channels, for a lot of us, AIM was the primary way to connect with our friends online across town and around the globe.
I'd play this cat and mouse with girls, leaving tiny innuendos when I could while never taking a chance by telling anyone how I really felt.
I remember that there was no real verification when creating accounts, so I just had dozens of alts just because I could (and mainly based on topical Simpsons references, fosterpussycatkillkill was one I had, plus foslerpussycatkillkill).
When I met my future husband via LiveJournal, we moved on to chatting on AIM—his college didn’t have a cell tower yet, so phone calls were not a great option.
Looking purely at language, as perhaps the most obvious and flexible of cultural indicators, AIM ushered in a massive influx of tech-speak into the modern vernacular.
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