I’ve been doing a lot of research lately on the history of instant messaging, as I’ve spent the last four days frantically trying to churn out a 15 page paper on the topic. I’m still not done, so you guys don’t get a full recap of the secrets I’ve uncovered, but you do get this totally awesome GIF from 1999:

AIM

Gee golly wow!!!!

I’m glad we’ve developed as a civilization past this particular roadblock.