Gchat and AIM Will No Longer Require Separate Logins
AOL Instant Messenger may no longer be the buzzworthy social media product it once was, but just about everyone over 18 has an account nevertheless. For those people with lengthy AIM contact lists or who work in offices where AIM is still the lingua franca for team communication, but who still use Gmail regularly, AOL and Google have made your life a little easier.
Following a rollout taking place over the course of the next few days, Gmail users will be able to communicate with people on AIM without separately logging into an AIM account, and vice versa. To add an AIM buddy to one’s Gmail contact list, simply enter their email address as email@example.com. AOL has also made available a bulk importer for bringing AIM contacts into Gmail en masse.