To the memory of forgotten messengers

I remember a truly special feeling, a thrill of excitement back in the days when you could reach out to other person online and get his attention within seconds. It was the magic, no less. You knew that person was there on the other end, there were no excuse not to be.

For some of us, it could have been the first time to be exposed to the shock and freedom of the upcoming technological era. The times when you knew that anyone on the web is your friend, even if you never met this person. It was the times where everything felt fresh and full of wonder. Free from politics, free from big corporatios. There was a special kind of beauty that will never be here anymore. One of the truly beatiful things of those times are, once very popular messengers, like AOL, ICQ, IRC.

Today, sending a message through a modern messengers feels like penetrating of private property and that was not always the case.

The diversity of modern messengers is disruptive. Skype is a great mess since it was acquired by Microsoft. I never sure if the message was delivered or not. How could we lose something as obvious as that.

Whatsapp, Telegram, Viber, they all look very same and deeply tied to mobile platforms. Even though some of them have Desktop or Web version, they lack responsiveness and barely customizable. I couldn’t set up any of them to turn off avatars or to show the sender and his message on the same line, the way I got used it to be. It’s just hard to accept the UI in which 15 messages fill my entire screen.

ICQ was a very first instant messenger I ever used and it made it into a special place in my heart, a place which is now empty. The times are changing and things have to go away. The abundance of social networks and mobile messengers did not fill the gap for me. I want things back, but they will never be the same. Is something have dramatically changed since or is that I myself who changed? It’s sad that it had to go away so early.

I still remember my AOL ID number, took me a few guesses to remember my password though. Watching the app connect is still exciting, like visting the house you abandoned when you was a kid. There’s two persons still online in my contact list! I wonder how long will they last for.