The arrival of instant messaging services such as WhatsApp and Telegram has taken its toll on other classic clients such as AOL Instant Messenger, which ended up closing its doors on December 15th, 2017. Now, the renowned Yahoo Messenger will shut off on July 17th.
We don’t have an official explanation to understand this decision but Oath, the Verizon company that manages Yahoo Messenger, is clear about it, so much so that they have even announced that they will offer users the possibility to download their chat history for a period of 6 months after the service is closed, a gesture with which they want users to keep at least a memory of the users’ experiences with the service.
Yahoo Messenger was born in 1998 as Yahoo Pager and was renamed as such in 1999
Since 1999, it has become so popular that the word Messenger was directly associated with Yahoo.
The arrival of other instant messaging applications damaged the service’s popularity. More exactly, Facebook Messenger made Yahoo Messenger lose its popularity and users’ appreciation.
Yahoo Messenger will shut down on July 17th, completely
At the moment, it seems that the people in charge of Yahoo Messenger don’t have any plans to launch a substitute to compensate for the disappearance of Yahoo Messenger, so they will close it for good and move on, at least for now, since it is impossible to rule out that we will end up seeing something new in the near future.
By the time Yahoo Messenger is shut down, the service will have accumulated a useful life of 20 years, four months and eight days as indicated on GSMArena.
It’s a long time for a service of this kind and we are convinced that many users will dismiss it full of nostalgia and good memories, as, after all, Yahoo Messenger was online when the Internet was still a rarity in many places in the world.