Yahoo Messenger has announced it will shut down later this month after 20 years in action.
“We know we have many loyal fans who have used Yahoo Messenger since its beginning as one of the first apps of its kind,” said Oath, which now owns Yahoo.
And the first of its kind it certainly was.
Yahoo Messenger, which was thought of as being revolutionary when it first launched two decades ago.
From the ‘ping’ option on that allowed you get the attention of one of your contacts, to the lightning bolt icon you could send to someone when they were annoying you, AOL Instant Messenger, as it was known then, was one of the first platform that taught us how to chat with friends online.
But with the proliferation in users of chat apps such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Line and WeChat, for many people Yahoo Messenger was already a distant memory and the announcement of its closure will come as little surprise.
The writing has been on the wall for Yahoo Messenger for some time, with its parent company Oath also shutting down its sister chat app AOL IM last year, while its major rival, MSN Messenger was shut down by Microsoft back in 2014.
However, Oath still sees a future in instant messaging, just not with Yahoo Messenger. The company has confirmed, however, that it is working on “new, exciting communication tools” for the 21st century in the form of a new chat platform called Squirrel.
“We’re currently experimenting with new services and apps, one of which is an invite-only group messaging app called Yahoo Squirrel (currently in beta),” Oath said.
In the unlikely event you are still using Yahoo, your Yahoo ID will still work for your Yahoo Mail following the shutdown of Messenger.
But, let’s face it, you probably haven’t used Yahoo Messenger for years and if you are still using Yahoo Mail you need to ask yourself why?
The company has suffered a number of major cyber attacks which comprised the usernames, passwords and other sensitive data of its users.
In 2013, the Yahoo was the victim of what is believed to be one of the biggest ever cyber attacks, although they company didn’t reveal it had been hacked until 2016!
Yahoo initially said that one billion of its users were affected but was later forced to admit that the details of 3 billion people were compromised during the breach.
Yahoo Messenger will close on 17 June 2018.