A screenshot of a screenshot of a GChat conversation, originally courtesy of Maggie, that took place between us one year ago.
One year ago today, Maggie and I had a GChat conversation in which we reacted to someone’s reaction to a Valley News Facebook post.
That person reacted with a flower.
In case you don’t recall, around Mother’s Day last year Facebook rolled out a temporary new reaction to show gratitude for ya moms: A purple flower.
From a Time article on the reaction:
Facebook users can now react to a post with a flower—along with “like” and the smiling and crying emojis. “In honor of Mother’s Day we are testing the ability for people in a few markets to leave a flower reaction,” Facebook said in a statement.
The flower reaction indicated one was “thankful,” or “grateful,” depending on your platform.
At the time of our conversation a year ago, however, we didn’t know what the heck the flower meant, so we were pretty surprised when it popped up as a reaction on one of the Valley News‘ posts. (Maggie kindly GChatted me to share the news of the reaction.)
As far as we can tell, there is no unique reaction to celebrate this Mother’s Day. 🙁
R.I.P., purple flower. We hardly knew ye.
AOL Instant Messenger, lovingly known as AIM, was officially put to an end on Friday, marking a sad day in many a millennial’s life.
AIM was our introduction to ~the internet~, the place where we chatted with friends for hours and began to form online identities for ourselves. It was our first real taste of what would later be known as social media, which of course is now inescapable in our daily lives. It’s also the reason we’re either A. really great at acronyms and reading shorthand or B. not so good at spelling and/or texting.
Your screen name said a lot about you, too. How did you want to portray yourself to your buddy list? It was hard to create an original screen name that really captured the essence of ~you~. (I believe my very first screen name — I went on to create another shortly after, which I switched to and continued to use for years — was penguinchick4256, which I thought was great because I love penguins; I’m a girl, hence the chick — so cheeky lol!; and obvs penguinchick was taken so I had to add some numbers. The combo worked for me.)
I don’t really have anything bad to say about AIM. It was fun, it was cool (at the time), it had neat little effects whenever people signed on and off (the doors opened and shut!) and it let you customize your fonts and colors. Who could forget the excruciating care that went into crafting the perfect away message or, even more important, a profile?!
And, for better or worse, it led us to where we are today.
Goodbye, AIM. We’re sad to see you’ve g2g.