The History of Instant Messaging

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11
Thu

1961- Compatible Time-Sharing System created at the Computation Center of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

1965- MIT and New England colleges had hundreds of registered users of the CTSS

1980s- Zephyr Notification Service, also created by MIT through Project Athena, which aimed to produce a computing environment for educational use for the whole campus

1982- Commodore 64 PC released by Commodore International, with Internet Service where users could pay a fee to send messages to others via modem

1996- ICQ launched. It was the first text-based messenger to reach a widespread market of online users

1997- AOL launched AIM. A new generation of tech-savvy internet users was emerging

1998- Yahoo! Messenger launched

1999- MSN released by Microsoft

2002- iChat or iChat AV was developed by Apple for its Mac OS X

2003- Skype opened the door to video and voice instant messaging on the internet.

2005- Google Talk for Gmail users and BBM released by BlackBerry, this was the start of the popularity of mobile instant messaging apps

2006- MySpaceIM was the first instant messenger through a social media platform.Messaging Apps

2008- Facebook Chat released

2009- WhatsApp released

2011- SnapChat released

2013- Mobile Chat Apps surpassed SMS in global message volume

2015- 75% of worldwide Internet users use mobile messaging services

2016- Mobile and online messaging traffic forecast is to reach 28.2 trillion by 2017

 

The increased use instant messaging online in the late nineties gave rise to the shorthand language and acronyms that are still widely used today. Here are some examples, do you know all of them?


BRB, LOL, OMG, ROFL, TTYL, G2G, TY, NP, WUU2, WUBU2, IMO, LMAO, STFU, IDK