With AIM announcing it will log off for good in December, Jim thought it would be fitting to create a montage honoring the rest of our fallen cyber friends. But Jim could only do so much in one end-of-show segment. Here’s an extended tribute to those beautiful logos, icons and mascots that have been lost to time.
CLIPPY (MICROSOFT WORD)
All he ever wanted was to help you write a letter if you wrote the words “hello” or “dear,” but the world was not ready to meet his patient, helpful grace with any kindness. So down he went. May he hold papers together in Cyber Heaven.
He was the only butler most of us will ever have. Sure, he wasn’t that good at his job, and you could argue that we’re actually responsible for his death by choosing Google over him repeatedly. But he was our faithful servant nonetheless. The fact that ask.com still exists without his name attached only adds insult to his fatal injury.
TOM FROM MYSPACE
Jim notes that his “legal department has asked [him] to inform you that Tom is not physically dead.” We assume our legal department would say the same. But that doesn’t mean we don’t miss his smiling face.
LIMEY THE LIMEWIRE LIME & GARY THE GEOCITIES GOBLIN
Who could forget the time we spent with these two definitely real logos? Limey would always lend a helping hand when you wanted to steal music, while Gary would sit idly by while you added more and more to your “The West Wing” fan page or whatever. Ah, memories.
THE RUNNING MAN (AIM)
Where was he going? No one knows. But we hope you keep running, big guy. Run to that great digital void in the sky.