Do you remember ICQ? ICQ is an instant messaging computer program, which was first developed by the Israeli company Mirabilis, owned by Time Warner's AOL subsidiary. The first version of the program was released in November 1996 and ICQ became the first Internet wide instant messaging service. The name ICQ is an initialism on the phrase "I seek you". America online (AOL) acquired Mirabilis on June 8, 1998 for $407 million. Today ICQ is used by over 29 million users worldwide. If you were born in the same year with me or maybe earlier, I guess you are pretty familiar with Mirabilis, Tucows or well-known ICQ. Those names/terms were famous in 1998. Yes, everybody were crazy of ICQ instead of mIRC [I learned on how to hack Korea's server using Redhat Linux just for the sake of BOT in mIRC, lol].
This morning, at 3am... I have installed it again with hope that I could see the old ICQ again. But I was wrong. It's exactly like other messenger such as MSN and Yahoo Messenger. I really miss the "cuckoo" sound and the real-time chatting. What I mean with real time chatting is, you can see what I'm typing now including typo and you also can see that I'm erasing it to type the correct one. Isn't that cool? When someone sending you a file, a man's voice will appear "Incoming File" and the message blinks. When the message comes in, audible "cuckoo" sound will appear. Which made me and mom laughed [at this moment, it reminds me of my grandma too... I miss her so much].
Plus, the old ICQ was much simpler and fun [for me at least]. ICQ used to have it's own style which I crave in this new era of messenger. But now, nothing much to compare with other messenger. No more unique ICQ, no more fun. But I will still use it... smiling and remembering the good old days.