AOL Instant Messenger Neutered

Nick Bilton at The New York Times, on AOL’s recent layoffs:

The AOL Instant Messenger group took the deepest cut so far. A former AOL employee said the group was “eviscerated and now only consists of support staff.”

I’ve been a long time user of AIM, only because it has been the main service for iChat for so long. It’s probably a good things iChat will focus more on Apple’s own iMessage than AIM when it becomes Messages this summer.