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ICQ – The Grandfather of Chat Apps Turns 20 Today

One of the most popular chat applications on the Internet, ICQ, is now 20 years old.

At first it was only a small application of basic chat. He was released in November 1996 by the Israeli students. By 1997, it is available on Windows 95, Windows 3.1 and Mac.

It became a great success with users and many people look back on it with nostalgia.

Brief History of ICQ

To use ICQ you need to have a number assigned to you. There are a number of six numbers (increasing at a later date), kinda like your phone number assigned to everyone using the Chat application. If you know the number ICQ someone you can chat to them through it.


Saved contact information on the client side of the application. This early success was a peer-to-peer communications and messaging. It’s design was also copied by other messaging applications.

Acquired by AOL for $ 407 million

I got AOL Instant Messenger stand-alone version in 1997, which is built on the basic concept of the messenger ICQ. At the time, AOL and MSN Messenger big names in the chat industry. Company formed by the makers of ICQ, Mirabilis, was purchased by AOL for $ 407 million in 1998.

By 1999, ICQ was more than the basic features used in chat applications today. They pioneered a lot of them, and some of the features included onversation storage history, the user’s search, e-mail sent, etc. Contact gathered List

The first Mobile IM applications

ICQ was by 2001 more than 100 million users, a large number at the time. It is also one of the first mobile chat applications than ever to be released. He was released for Symbian 60.


Modern versions of ICQ

After a long history of development and the acquisition of a group Mail.ru, ICQ continue to exist today. Now instead of the number issued by the ICQ you can only use your phone number to sign up for the application. This year, they added end-to-end encryption, video calls and stories ICQ. It’s just like Instagram stories where you can record small video that users can comment on the clip.

She said the image editor and now integrated with neural networks as well. This allows them to edit images in a matter of seconds, and now also allows for video processing as well. Here’s an example:


ICQ is available for download on Android, iOS and Windows. You can ease the nostalgia by downloading the application on your phone. The application is now just like a normal application on Android or iOS Messenger.

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