This is why I use AIM
Hmm, it seems AOL has actually produced a better product for once. I originally started using AIM because my girlffriend was on AOL, and that's how I could talk to her online. When my friends started pressuring me into joining ICQ, I looked into it. I decided to stay ICQ-free for one simple securtiy reason:
AOL proxies all AIM traffic, while ICQ uses direct IP connections. Figured I might as well discourage the script kiddies. I'd like to enumerate now some other reasons why you should use AIM instead of ICQ:
1)I have never recieved a single spam on AIM
2)Because all the traffic is proxied, I can limit who can send me messages without firewalling IPs
3)AOL has a strict abuse prevention system, where users can warn other users. When enough warning has acculumlated, their account is block temporarily. Though this system is occasionally abused by people, it is has been fairly successful in my view.