However, according to Arstechnica, AOL is going to turn off access to OSCAR for third parties.
So far, only messaging app Adium is impacted, with a message being sent out that Adium users will lose access to AIM on March 28.
This author is only 25 years old, yet he finds himself dated by the prospect of explaining to young people the excitement of entering a chat room operating under the title “Sports.” Aol’s chat rooms were new, intriguing, and a draw.
But people had not yet accepted that the Internet was a Wild West, always a bit out of control, so Aol worried about how to keep chat rooms safe.
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AIM uses the proprietary Open System for Communication in Realtime (OSCAR) protocol to allow AOL's own and third-party chat clients access to the chat network.Other popular messaging apps, including Trillian and Pidgin, have yet to find out if their access is also being turned off.For anyone who still uses AIM, AOL wants you to use its own proprietary app instead.In this case, they were using AOL chat rooms for the demonstration, but it would have been just as awful and shocking on any of the commonly used free chat services we all use.They had selected a chat room in the user-generated chats, not an AOL sponsored chat.