Geeky·Posted on Sep 22, 202118 Things We All Did On AIM As Kids That Made Us Pretty Fun AdultsBRB — time traveling back to the '90s.by Kat PickhardtBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink Before social media began melting our brains, AIM was the tried-and-true way to communicate with friends and classmates after school. Raphael Gaillarde / Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images Whether you logged on to AOL or spent hours on MSN, instant messaging was THE thing to do on the worldwide web...unless, of course, you were linking with friends on a Club Penguin server. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Apple / Via giphy.com Here are some things you might remember from the glory days of AIM: 1. Having to endure a long lecture about internet safety from your less-than-tech-savvy parents before creating an account. Wolf Entertainment / Via giphy.com Do kids still get this lecture today? 2. And then begging your parents to hop off the phone so you could access the internet. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF AOL / Via giphy.com 3. Discovering new artists and checking out the pet of the day on the AOL homepage. The AOL homepage circa 1999 from nostalgia 4. Coming up with a super-cool screen name that wasn't already taken felt like an impossible task. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Comedy Central / Via giphy.com If only we had known back then how many screen names we would need to create in our lifetimes... 5. Busting out the school directory, calling all your classmates, and exchanging screen names to build your exclusive buddies list. AIM from nostalgia 6. Choosing the perfect buddy icon for each friend was a top priority. AIM Buddy Icons from nostalgia Graphic design clearly peaked during this era. 7. But only your besties got assigned the glittery Dollz icons. Buddy icons and Dollz on AIM instant messenger from nostalgia 8. Hearing the creak of a door and rushing to your friends list to see if your crush logged on. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Comedy Central / Via giphy.com 9. And quickly logging off after messaging your crush that you like them. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Giphy / Via giphy.com GTG! TTYL! 10. The emoji selection was incredible, and you definitely used these smilies as much as humanly possible in conversation. The AIM emojis from nostalgia 11. Messaging someone "Wut's up?" and getting that sweet, sweet "Not much, u?" reply. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Fox Searchlight Pictures / Via giphy.com 12. Or spending hours messing with chatbots like notable internet smart aleck SmarterChild. Remember Smarterchild? from nostalgia Parents could never understand the bonds we formed with these artificially intelligent bots. 13. Entering chatrooms you had no business being in at a young age. AOL Chatrooms from nostalgia What did I, a child, have to contribute to a tattoos and piercings chatroom? The world may never know. 14. Proceeding to be asked, "ASL?" by strangers on the internet. Giphy / Via giphy.com 15. Then having to look up what ASL means, only to discover the romantic connotations of someone asking about your age, sex, and location. AIM Away Messages / Via aimlingo.aimawaymessages.com 16. Frantically typing "POS," aka "parent over shoulder," when your parent entered the room in order to hide the positively scandalous messages you were receiving. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Prguitarman / Via giphy.com 17. Setting a detailed "away" message so your friends would know what you were up to when you were offline. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Nicky Rojo / Via giphy.com The cool kids used nearly illegible fonts, and the extra-cool kids hid secret messages in white font so you could see it only when it was highlighted. 18. And finally, making sure you chose the most dramatic song lyrics so people would think you were mysterious and edgy. AoL-Aim away messages: the original status updates from nostalgia I'm still searching for a song that cuts deeper than Avril Lavigne's "I'm With You." Let us know your favorite AIM memories in the comments section below!