ICQ shutting down after 27 years

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RIP ICQ - I still remember my number :rolleyes:

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Do you still remember your ICQ (I Seek You) user identification number? For context, ICQ is arguably one of the oldest instant messaging platforms developed at Israeli company Mirabilis before AOL acquired it for approximately $407 million in 1996. The platform was once again sold to VK in 2010. At the time, the platform was quite popular in Russia, an opportunity VK saw and wanted to build momentum on.


Things have been fairly quiet on the ICQ front, and now the company is finally pulling the plug on the instant messaging platform after newly three decades. According to a spot by PCMag, ICQ published a new message on its website on Friday:



"ICQ will stop working from June 26."



However, the company recommends VK Messenger and VK WorkSpace as alternatives to continue keeping touch with friends and colleagues.


ICQ was quite popular back in the day before AOL Instant Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, or MSN Messenger emerged with a user base of over 100 million. ICQ hasn't provided any details that contributed and led to retirement of the beloved instant messaging app.
Source: https://www.windowscentral.com/soft...rly-three-decades-of-keeping-people-connected
 
27 years and their monetization method(s) could not sustain them if they even had monetization methods.

I'd have made bank as the owner of the platform if I were in their shoes.

Still though, it is sad that an entity that was live for all that time had to close shop.
 
27 years and their monetization method(s) could not sustain them if they even had monetization methods.

I'd have made bank as the owner of the platform if I were in their shoes.

Still though, it is sad that an entity that was live for all that time had to close shop.
So what tricks would you do or what ways would you use to do better?

It's a messenger, not a website.
So their website is worthless? Or they didn't have a website?
 
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