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ICQ was once the biggest instant messaging service back in the 90s. It used to be the default IM in most net cafes until it was slowly replaced by YM. Not sure what happened but it just faded away.

IcqBesides, I no longer use IMs much these days (only recently found out that ICQ originally meant “i seek you” so the IM was aimed more like an avenue for meeting dates/friends).

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For the last decade or two, ICQ tried to evolve and was positioning itself to be like Skype. And for some time, it was In the Philippines, Yahoo took over most of the leadership in web properties including instant messaging.

I guess that’s how trends come and go. Is there anyone out there still actively using ICQ?

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PJ
PJ
10 years ago

can’t recall my icq number but i did have the manual that came with the free installation cd.

Ruth
11 years ago

OMG! I missed ICQ! Haha. I cant even remember my ICQ number. The green leaves indicate that you are online! Haha. I am not soo into IM apps, but I love SameTime – this is what we use in our office. :)

megan
13 years ago

I’ve never used ICQ but yes it was really popular way back then. I was uber “manol” about messengers during the 90’s. hahaha

tonex
13 years ago

I was in awe of ICQ during the 90’s! I still remember my UIN!

I still think their logo is the best of all the IMs out there.

Ton
Ton
13 years ago

“Uh-oh”!

Customized my YM to still scream uh-oh when a PM comes.

I’d like to think of it as the SuperNES of IM’s – not so relevant anymore, but a true vintage classic.

Axzar
13 years ago

The porn guys use it.

Philippine Yobbo
Philippine Yobbo
13 years ago

It’s funny how people think those days, common numbers? Maybe their using a numeric keypad.

liz
liz
13 years ago

I used to!…gone are the days

jared
13 years ago

lol ym owns

Unknown Soldier
Unknown Soldier
13 years ago

if you have an ICQ account…

it seems you are not getting younger anymore… :P

Reggie
13 years ago

trying to remember my ICQ no. back in 1999 caused me to have a headache right now. i wasn’t really interested in it until my then new girlfriend created an account for me.

my cousin met his wife through ICQ. when they both learned they’re from our province, my cousin went back here from Singapore and a year later got married, thanks to ICQ.

beeps
13 years ago

ICQ#15867440, I still do go online once in a while.

kill3rfill3r
13 years ago

heard of it too..but never really used it

Rome
Rome
13 years ago

Ang una kong ginagamit talaga nun is mIRC. Then, naging YM. Hindi ko naabutan yung ICQ. Right now, sawa na ako sa chat.. mula nung mawala yung Public/User Rooms sa YM. weh>

bijz
bijz
13 years ago

early years back, when i first subscribed my first internet plan with mosaic communications. (imagine 450 pesos for 10hours :o) that’s when i was 2nd year high, my account number was 7-digit.
i can still remember my account info and use it with meebo now. i find their sms service to be useful. where my contacts are from overseas, they can just sms me. and then thats when i go online.

myke
myke
13 years ago

last time I used this was way back 1996.
my icq #23120569

Ardz
Ardz
13 years ago

I had an account when I was still in college. I remember the SMS feature as well as the associated email account feature. Too bad they were overtaken by other IMs today. My favorite in ICQ is the search feature wherein you’ll input the characteristics of people you’d like to chat with.

noemi
13 years ago

memories of icq. I used to chat with my brother while he was in a hospital in Maryland in the late 90’s. My ICQ number is 6 digits (starts with 6) and it was once hacked by a Russian. I got it back though when I told him to.

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