AOL Shutting Down AIM Unless You Forward This Article To Five Friends
mattgrimmI just received a shocking IM from a high-level executive telling me that AOL plans to shut down its highly popular instant messenging service unless you forward this article to five of your friends.
Here's the IM in full:
AOLExeutiveOFFICIAL: Sorry to break the news to you, but AIM and AOL are asking you to send this messageTo at least
20 peoplebecasue AIM is getting very Crowded And we want to see who is useing there Screen Name And who is Not. You Have 3 daysto Do this. If In the 3 daysthis is not sent to anyone from your screen name your account will be deleted ! Sorry again
Dear AIM users,
Because of our overloading of our servers, we are being forced to extract our non-active AIM users. Because this is a free service, AOL has exceeded the budget for the AIM service. We are asking that you send this exact message to
20 otherAIM users to ensure us that you're an active AIM user. Our system tracking devise will pick up this message to keep you on user. Our system tracking devise will pick up this message to keep you on our active list. You have 72 hoursto complete this task or your service will be cancelled immediately. Starting April 9,2003, we will be charging a small fee for registering of a screen name for AIM. Thank you for your time and for using AOL or AIM.
AOL Time Warner