Will AIM Compete With Facebook?

Yesterday, the Washington Post published an interesting article. It discussed many of the features in the new version of AIM that was released yesterday. It has a number of social networking features including user profiles, status updates and photo tagging. Additionally, there is an AIM developer API that was previously released. So with all of these great features, does it work as a substitute for Facebook?

Not yet! While I think there is the potential for a social networking desktop based application, I don’t think AIM is going to be the one to launch that product. Their main problem is the brand associations that users already have. Feel free to call me out if you think I’m wrong on this one. The Flock has already accomplished much of this but they have yet to experience mass adoption. It will be interesting to see how this pans out. Do you think AIM or any of these desktop applications can compete with existing social networks/platforms?