There is already a date for the death of the service that popularized Internet messaging before WhatsApp

There is already a date for the death of the service that popularized Internet messaging before WhatsApp
There is already a date for the death of the service that popularized Internet messaging before WhatsApp

ICQ will stop working from June 26”. With that message on its official site, the company in charge of ICQ announced that the once popular Messenger Service will say goodbye

Although platforms such as WhatsApp, Telegram and Facebook Messenger currently dominate the industry, almost 30 years ago the undisputed king was ICQ, an application for personal computers originally developed by the Israeli company Mirabilis in 1996.

But starting in 1998, the platform exploded in popularity after the million-dollar purchase by AOL, managing to have more than 100 million users in 2001. At that time, ICQ was an undisputed leader in instant messaging services, being a pioneer even before from the launch of programs such as AIM, Yahoo! Messenger and MSN Messenger, among others.

But ICQ’s popularity began to decline during the first decade of this century, when other alternatives such as WhatsApp began to rely on incipient smartphones, so AOL sold the platform for only $187 million to a Russian investor.

From there, its new owners unsuccessfully sought to transform it into an application for mobile services and its latest version, ICQ 10.0, was released in January 2016. Its most recent update will be presented in 2022.

In the message on the official site, the owners recommend migrating to the VK Messenger and VK Workspace platforms, owned by the same company.

 
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