This allows anything one posts to be used without a separate request for permission.
The issue of AIM's security has been called into question.
On March 3, 2012, AOL got rid of all the developing staff for AIM, effectively ending development of the application after 15 years.
However the service is still active and help support is still provided.
Its main competitors during its heyday were ICQ, Yahoo! AOL particularly had a rivalry or 'chat war' with rival Microsoft starting in 1999.