AOL on Wednesday announced the Open AIM 2.0 developer program, which opens up the chat network to third-party developers and services.
AOL is giving developers access to the AIM network to integrate the chat program into other applications and services, a first for the messaging service. Meebo and eBuddy are among the first partners.
The company also is rolling out a new advertising revenue-sharing platform in April called "AIM Money" in which developers of third-party applications can make money off display ads that appear next to AIM.
There are also new tools to aid developers of mobile and enterprise applications.