Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Dec 2017 19:01 UTC
Internet & Networking

As of December 15, 2017, AOL Instant Messenger products and services will be shut down and will no longer work.If you are an AOL member, AOL products and services​ ​like AO​​L Mail, AOL Desktop Gold an​d Member​ Subscriptions will not be affected.​

Many Americans have memories of AOL Instant Messenger I'm sure - probably memories of talking to your crush late at night, or planning evenings out drinking with friends. Here in The Netherlands we used MSN Messenger - I have those same memories, just from a different client. AOL, ICQ and MSN have long been replaced by WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and iMessage, but I'm sure teens of today still use them for the same thing.

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ICQ war the winner in Germany
by cybergorf on Sat 16th Dec 2017 12:34 UTC
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2008-06-30

or maybe we were just early adopters: there simply was no MSN from 96 to 99 ... Microsoft was late in the game ... again.

AOL was kind of a closed ecosystem back than, so nobody I knew used this messenger ... to overcome this, AOL bought ICQ in 98 ... and what could have been the standard until today, went downhill as everything AOL touched.

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RE: ICQ war the winner in Germany
by zima on Sat 16th Dec 2017 23:50 in reply to "ICQ war the winner in Germany"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Last I've heard, ICQ was still the standard in Russia/CIS. ;)

In Poland, after initial spike of ICQ popularity at the end of the 90s, a local clone, GaduGadu, took over the market for many years (it helped that it could send free SMS to polish mobile phone numbers, in fact that's how the app started and evolved into IM), before losing users, I believe, to Skype or Facebook Messenger...

Edited 2017-12-17 00:05 UTC

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cybergorf Member since:
2008-06-30

Last I've heard, ICQ was still the standard in Russia/CIS. ;)


Maybe thats why I got down-voted? Was is the Russians???


In Poland, after initial spike of ICQ popularity at the end of the 90s, a local clone, GaduGadu, took over the market for many years (it helped that it could send free SMS to polish mobile phone numbers, in fact that's how the app started and evolved into IM), before losing users, I believe, to Skype or Facebook Messenger...


Yes I heard of that. There where also clients for more exotic Platforms like my beloved Amiga.

Edited 2017-12-17 18:05 UTC

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