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ICQ Will Shut Down On June 26 This Year

In many ways, ICQ has always been something of a curiosity. It was one of the first major instant messaging clients of the 1990s. It saw wide adoption alongside AOL Instant Messenger and MSN Messenger. Yet he outlasted both, even if he wasn’t attached to an industrial heavyweight like AOL or Microsoft. After 27 years, however, it appears that the last petal will fall, with the closure of ICQ announced on the ICQ website for June 26, 2024.

Originally launched by an Israeli company, Mirabilis, in June 1996, it took the Internet by storm, leading AOL to purchase Mirabilis in June 1998. Under AOL’s wing, ICQ continued to grow its user base until it was sold to Digital Sky. Technologies (now VK, which operates Mail.ru) in 2010. Around that time, companies like Facebook and Google, with their own email solutions, entered the scene, leaving ICQ floundering. Eventually, ICQ found a new place in the Russian market as a mobile messaging system until its imminent closure. Users are advised to switch to VK Messenger instead.

The demise of ICQ obviously caused an explosion of nostalgia on sites like Hacker News, even though it has lost relevance in the West for many years. We are sad to see this chapter end and will mourn the loss of our UIN (RIP, 61007952) alongside our compatriots in the usual IRC channels.

This is what happens when you depend on the network. Going off the grid doesn’t have to look homemade either.

News Source : hackaday.com
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