According to a report of Wall Street Journal, an ICQ spokesperson said the former messenger peaked in downloads in early January. An increase in interest has occurred in Hong Kong and can be seen on Google Trends: this is the largest search for this phrase since 2011.
Of course, the total is not as impressive as WhatsApp’s recent competitors. During the week of a privacy controversy, downloads increased from 200 to 7,000.
During the heyday of ICQ, it was “all dust”
If you are one millennial root, you used ICQ on your PC (and with dial-up internet!) – I think I still miss my UIN. Without a doubt, the percussion sound is among the most striking, as does “uh-oh!” new message received.
Instant messaging was one of the first apps to go global and it connects us well ahead of both smartphones and social networks, reaching 100 million users in 2001 under command. by AOL.
digital in 2021.
Yes, there are still users …
An ICQ spokesperson did not disclose how many total users the platform has, but she told WSJ that this service is most popular in Russia, Nigeria and Germany. What little is known is that ICQ never died, in fact, it has a mobile app and is controlled by Mail.Ru, the owner of VK – Russia’s most popular social network.
The company keeps the sound of the announcements, but no longer features random chat (which connects users randomly anywhere in the world). The “hidden” mode has also been removed (unfortunately).
With information: The Wall Street Journal