From ICQ to WhatsApp: The Rise of Instant Messengers

January 22, 2015

7:00 am

Messaging app WhatsApp announced this week that it will be releasing its service to desktop, thanks to a web client that launched for Chrome and Android. According to The Verge, WhatsApp confirmed earlier rumors, which pointed to a newly live page at “The primary use is of course still on your phone,” a spokesman said, “but there are people who spend time in front of a computer at home or at work and this will help bridge the two.”

With more than 600 million users, WhatsApp is one of the largest chat clients in the world, and the app’s growth has brought rumors concerning the company’s next move. Why the speculations? Mainly because we’ve witnessed the rise and fall of many messaging apps in the market. From AIM to ICQ, some acronyms are somewhat very nostalgia-inducing.

Today we can stay connected with friends in various parts of the world, thanks to services like WhatsApp. We’ve come a long way, so check out this infographic on the rise and fall of instant messengers:

The Rise And Fall Of Instant Messengers

The Rise And Fall Of Instant Messengers [Infographic] by the team at Quality Nonsense Ltd


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Camila has been heavily active in South Florida’s tech startup community, where she is a co-host of a local radio show called pFunkcast. Camila previously worked at Greenpeace International and the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in various communication roles. A proud Brazilian who spent most of he life in Peru, she is passionate about traveling and documentaries.