Internet company AOL has teamed with Facebook so that users of its AIM instant-messaging service can chat with their friends and colleagues on Facebook. A new version of AIM includes a Facebook Connect button that links it with a Facebook profile and includes a user's Facebook friends on the AIM buddy list.
According to San Jose Mercury News, about 70 percent of AOL users are also on Facebook, which recently surpassed AOL to rank third in Web traffic. Stephen Shankland of CNET News is not overly excited about the partnership. He says the deal serves as a reminder of how fragmented instant messaging is and that he'll stick to e-mail for his Internet communications.