AOL Launches AIM Money

AOL has announced the availability of AIM Money,a new-revenue-sharing program that lets developers make money from Open AIM applications. AOL also announced AIM version 6.8, the latest version of their popular instant messaging software, which features new modules for the Buddy List and a new open API for developers to build their own mini-applications to upload and share in a library.

“Through Open AIM we’ve empowered Web developers to leverage real-time messaging to enhance the way users interact with their products and services,”said Joanna Shields, President, AOL People Networks. “AIM Money is now giving them a way to easily monetize their applications as they continue to develop new and innovative AIM-based Web experiences.”

AIM Money was first introduced in March as part of Open AIM 2.0, an expanded developer program that gives developers greater flexibility to integrate AIM into their applications and websites in their own ways. To use the Open AIM 2.0 tools, developers must incorporate at least two of five popular and valuable AIM features, one of which is a display ad to appear alongside AIM, into their Web-based or downloadable AIM software and mashups.

There are no fees to participate in AIM Money and payments are issued via PayPal. All advertising served through AIM Money is handled by AOL’s advertising business, Platform-A.

“Our goal is to facilitate the world’s online, real-time conversations anytime and anywhere,”said David Liu, Senior Vice President, AOL People Networks. “To that end, we’re not only giving developers more opportunities and incentives to create meaningful instant messaging-based applications for our millions of users, but we’re also bringing more requested features and innovation to the AIM platform to satisfy user needs.”

The new Open AIM API applications turn the AIM Buddy List into a platform where interactive new experiences are readily available to AIM users. These mini-applications can run in place or be detached from the Buddy List in a separate, re-sizable window.

When Open AIM launched in 2006 the goal was to help developers create innovative applications integrating the AIM service. Since that time more than 295,000 third-party developers have signed on to this mission to create everything from plugins that allow users to send money to their buddies to bots that send users notifications when their friends post new pictures and videos.

AIM and ICQ are part of AOL’s recently announced People Networks business unit that includes social media network Bebo, widget technology company Goowy Media and social search question and answer service Yedda. People Networks’ collection of community platforms reach 80 million users worldwide.

The AIM service is at the center of one of the largest and most dynamic online and mobile communities. It provides developers with an open and modular platform for development and access to millions of Americans at The AIM service is where users go to find their friends and manage their social lives through instant messaging, email and mobile texting as well as robust voice and video services.

AOL is a global Web services company that operates some of the most popular Web destinations, offers a comprehensive suite of free software and services, runs one of the largest Internet access businesses in the U.S., and provides a full set of advertising solutions. A majority-owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc., AOL LLC and its subsidiaries have operations in the U.S., Europe, Canada and Asia.

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