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AOL Instant Messenger Integrates Into Facebook

Wait, AIM’s not dead?

6183f98e2800db1fec4b15437acc4638In an effort to get on the “we connect to all of the social networks TOO” bandwagon, AOL (which I am not even kidding when I say I thought no one used anymore) has a new beta product that links Facebook and AIM. It works on Mac or Windows and you can use Facebook chat and update your Facebook status while signed into AIM.

We’ve talked before about how similar all of the social networks are becoming with similar premises and rather than innovate their offerings, many of them are simply saying “you can now update [insert other social networks here] from OUR social network” in an attempt to garner attention and supposedly save time for users rather than people having to update all of their networks.

Instead of focusing on the fact that AIM still somehow exists (seriously, I’m baffled), what do you think of the ability to integrate Facebook into the AOL experience? Will this help your old school clients that haven’t quite expanded beyond AOL be ushered into the Web 2.0 era, or is this a “me too” move that has a minimal impact?

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Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

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