I generally use GAIM so I don’t have to deal with advertising on my IM client. However, when I logged into AIM last night, the system installed Moviefone and ShoppingBuddy to my friends list. I wouldn’t mind so much if these “assistants” actually made things better/faster, but they don’t. They simply present you with menus to which you IM numbered responses. It’s much more efficient to just go to their website. I deleted them promptly last night. To make matters worse, I got this message this morning:
(08:23:31) AOL System Msg: The group, aim bots, has been deleted from your buddy list. This group contained bots, screen names that provide automated responses. To find out more about bots, go to http://aimtoday.aol.com/aimbots
It is no wonder AOL’s business has been on the decline. When will they start realizing that people are annoyed by this type of business practice?