Yahoo Messenger, End of an era!

Yahoo Messenger
Yahoo Messenger

Yahoo Messenger’s era is ultimately coming to an end on July 17.

Every 90s kid will relate themselves with this tweet on twitter.

The long hours spent in the Cyber Cafes, using Yahoo Messenger, chatting with our friends around the world. Yahoo Messenger was the first app of its kind.

The reason for shutting down the app is the emergence of WhatsApp, WeChat, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, etc. Their emergence of these apps resulted in losing the customers of Yahoo Messenger. After 20 years of ups and downs and a roller coaster ride, the Yahoo Messenger is going to be shut on July 17.

Lets have a detailed look on the journey of Yahoo Messenger.

In the year 1998, Yahoo introduced a chat platform as Yahoo Pager. In 1999, it was rebranded as Yahoo Messenger. Yahoo Messenger was the only chatting platform since then, and the number of the users increased drastically over the following years.

The number of users reached 11 million users in 2001, 19.3 million users in 2006 and 122.6 million users in 2009. In the year 2012, Yahoo disabled the ability of users to to create their own chat rooms. And in 2014, games were removed. In 2015, Messenger got updated with a new feature of unsending messages. But now on 17th of July 2018, Yahoo Messenger pulled the plug.

Now Oath, the Verizon-owned company that owns Yahoo’s Internet Business, will bring in Squirrel. Squirrel will be the replacement of the Yahoo Messenger. But, as of now it is under experimentation and testing.

However, for the next six months, there is an option for you to download all your chat history on Yahoo Messenger.

“We know we have many loyal fans who have used Yahoo Messenger since its beginning as one of the first chat apps of its kind. As the communications landscape continues to change over, we’re focusing on building and introducing new, exciting communications tools that better fit consumer needs” quoted Oath in the website.


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