Check out this article to watch people complain about AOL and AIM bots.
Me, I probably take a different position than most on this topic. I use the AOLYellowPages bot on my sidekick pretty frequently - and love it. In fact, I think the bot interface for some things can be much better than the web or e-mail. Consider what I need to do to find the number for my local theatre:
- Switch to the IM app
- Send the IM: cl 22204
- Send the IM: Draft House
Keep in mind the cl ... step is only needed when I change locations.
So, I say to AOL: keep the bots coming. Though maybe instead of adding them to my buddy list automagically, you can publish a page on the web that lists well known bots.
If you want to try out some more bots yourself, check out the AIM section on this page.