AOL has released a new beta version of their venerable AOL Instant Messenger program. The AIM 6.9 Beta 3 sports new icons, new design, a return to the “running man” logo and integration with Bebo profiles.
And — hold onto your seats — you now have the option to display emoticons as text!
The new look is an improvement, but still lags behind WLM and Yahoo! Messenger. They key development with this version seems to be tighter integration with Bebo.