The first instant messenger ever


WORLD'S FIRST
INSTANT MESSENGER

THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST

What was the world's first instant messenger?

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We proudly bring you the history of the world's first instant messenger.

It all began in July 1996 when four Israeli computer geeks wanted a way to talk to each other online and eliminate the need to leave the house.

Yair Goldfinger, Arik Vardi, Sefi Vigiser, and Amnon Amir created a company named Mirabilis and in November 1996 they introduced ICQ (I seek you).

Within six months, by 'word of mouse', 850,000 users had been registered by Mirabilis.

In June 1997, Mirabilis was able to handle 100,000 concurrent users and had become the largest Internet communications network.

In June 1998 America Online bought out Mirabilis for $287 million.

That same year Microsoft and Yahoo released there own IM versions.

We tried to find the actual first message sent, sadly we could not, but we assume it was 'Test'. Nevertheless, couch potatoes, behold the creators.


An Early Version Of ICQ


The first instant messenger ever

The first instant messenger ever

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