Internet Mourns Demise of AOL Instant Messenger With Hilarious Memes, GIFs

The iconic chat service will shut down Dec. 15

America Online (AOL) announced on Friday that its instant messaging feature, AIM, is shutting down — and that news caused the Internet to fall to pieces. 

The iconic chat service has been around since 1997 and was wildly popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s, but can no longer be sustained, the company announced. It will shut down Dec. 15. 

"We loved working on AIM for you," the company said in a statement to users. "From setting the perfect away message to that familiar ring of an incoming chat, AIM will always have a special place in our hearts." 

Those who grew up using the service to chat with friends and crushes said they were saddened to hear the news as it brought back great nostalgia. 

And because that is the way the Internet works now, there were some hilarious reactions posted. 

See some of the best RIP reactions to AIM below: