AIM was also pretty much the start of social media. There was a lot of exhibitionism. Away messages were the peak example of this. Sometimes the away message you left up for nine hours was more important than any conversation you had that day. It was the original flex. It was the original tweet. You wanted to let people know that you had an awesome life. Away messages were basically a way to say, “Your lame ass is on the computer but I’m out here getting it.” You left away messages like that when you could. You also found out about fun stuff other people were doing via away messages and felt left out.
I miss my late nights of AIM conversations with close friends and having alerts for people who I wanted to talk to so I could message them as soon as they signed on (don’t lie you did it too), and let us not forget the bitter, vague, passive aggressive away messages to tell someone off who you just KNEW would read it. AIM was the best communication tool ever for like a good 10 years of my life.
my terrible band leaves tomorrow for another seven weeks on the road. we will be all over the US and some of Canada with a bunch of other amazing bands (GREEN DREAMS, YAMANTAKA/SONIC TITAN, POTTY MOUTH, WAXAHATCHEE, SWEARIN’, + a ton of other friends). please come out and say hello, the weather is getting warmer, we’re all healing from our respective injuries and surgeries, it’s going to be a beautiful adventure.