Remember when Aim, Yahoo Messenger and MSN were the most popular instant messaging apps? How about the time when you’re excited to go home or go straight at a cybercafe to check if anyone has sent you a message? Now that, these instant messaging apps are dead, do people really miss it?
For some people, yes, they do. Especially those who met their rst online friends, random chats with strangers, the partner, the ones who always used AIM, Yahoo Messenger and MSN, and those special memories we had with these apps.
Back in the 90s and mid-2000s they were the leading instant messaging apps, but when Facebook, Whatsapp and more launched with the ability to install these apps in your smartphone with much more convenience ,the rsts ever instant messaging apps lost their hype. But what was so special about them for gaining popularity back in the day?
Here’s a few:
Who wouldn’t forget about the fancy, unique, anything-related-to-myself usernames we created as our IDs. Like literally anything that describes us, favorite band, numbers, heros, games, songs and more crazy cool nicknames!
Simplicity and the Feeling
Easy to use and navigate. Nothing complicated. Someone said, that it was “more real” with the rst instant messaging apps than the ones now. Socializing and getting to know more people. I think that’s why these apps have a special place in our hearts and we miss them because of the feeling they gave us.
Chatrooms and Features
Private or public, of course, this is where we met great friends and crushes that many are still connected up to this day but some sadly have been “lost” forever too! Do you remember that buzz when your favorite person chatted you? Or when playing a game with a friend? You could customize anything, like upload a bunch of images as custom emoticons and not using the default ones. That is actually amazing!
There are so many things and fond memories that we will always remember when thinking of these instant messaging apps. It was so simple back then and it felt real. Like when you’re talking with your loved ones, friends or to anyone its more private and special. And, if ever, is there a possibility to bring them back?
I know there’s a lot of people who would still prefer using Aim, Yahoo
Messenger or MSN over the latest messaging apps that we have now.
Since these apps died, there are not many attempts and projects but here are some “revivals” that make it happen :
To make this clear for everyone, these projects are ran by individuals or other companies/communities to make the pc clients able to connect and function again.
You won’t be able to use your old login emails/usernames since they are ran in new servers. You’d have to sign up from scratch with 0 friends.
They do have communities, user counts and forums where users share their nicknames to add each other.
Aim, Yahoo and ICQ revival by Phoenix Wildman Productions phoenix
Currently: 161 online at ICQ sections Windows Live Messenger by Escargot escargot
Currently: 1387 online
Even with the new instant messaging apps ,people got already the hang of it. I believe it is still worth it to bring them back. When these old messaging apps were gone, there was people signing petitions for them to return. If they will really have a comeback its not just the older generation that would enjoy that and have a trip down memory lane. The new generation could also try using it and who knows they would like them as well.
While these apps may or may not return here are few alternative you can use:
All of these apps have features similar in Aim, Yahoo Messenger and MSN. You can play games with your friends in Facebook Messenger. Free calls and text, sending of documents, pictures, stickers and GIFs. And all of the apps mentioned above are compatible with any of your devices. It’s not really a copy of the rst instant messaging apps, but it’s better than nothing.