Is Instant Messaging Morphing into Facebook?

AOL released AIM 6.5 today with extra features that will give online buddies more ways to socialize over the popular instant messaging service.

Highlights include:

AIM Tunes, the application's main new plug-in, lets buddies listen to each other's music over the Web for free. Of course, this Internet radio-like feature only works with songs not locked by digital rights management.

AIM users can now broadcast their feelings and day-to-day activities via "status messages" whether or not they're online, much like Facebook.

There are free multi-players games, like Black Jack and pool, to play with other AIM users via QQ Games.

And if AIM users already use AIM Phone products, they can be alerted of incoming calls in an instant message.

More's coming, and what it adds up to is that AIM is starting to look more and more like Facebook.

Later this month, AIM users will have similar social networking features at their fingertips.

AIM Profiles will let users share their personalities and life details.

AIM Photos will enable uses to tag buddies and make comments on photos.

AIM Dashboard, which was formerly AIM Today, will help users update their profiles and status messages, as well as set up RSS feeds for Flickr, YouTube and Digg to share with online buddies.

--Kendra Marr

By Dan Beyers  |  October 3, 2007; 4:33 PM ET  | Category:  AOL
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would it become like im's from china like qq messenger ?

Posted by: nzwe | October 5, 2007 7:54 AM

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