July 17 of this year is a memorable day for many of us. Because, Yahoo Messenger became closed on this day. Last month Yahoo has announced their closure of messenger. Once it was one of the most popular chatting services and it is involved in lot of memories of many people. They tell their memories with yahoo messenger in Twitter and WhatsApp.
Yahoo authorities said that they have shut down Yahoo Messenger officially on July 17.
Yahoo Pager service started in 1998 as a world’s first messaging app. In 1999, it was named yahoo messenger. At first it became popular with traders and businessmen and at the same time it became popular in teenage youth. Its main reason was to speak free of cost through it. Many people enjoyed talking on group chat and chat rooms. In 2009, its users were 122.6 million. After, 2009 their users were decreasing.
But, in December last year another attempt was made to popularize the application. As well as bringing new apps to android and iOS platforms they also updated their web services. Earlier in 2015, they had drop out their old messenger and released new version of Yahoo Messenger. It added new design, new features. However, Yahoo Messenger did not able to compete with the era of WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. The mobile era applications are going forward behind the desktop era software Yahoo and Google Hangouts.
Last it was under the US Telecom service provider Verizon Oath Company. In 2017, Verizon bought Yahoo for $ 448 million. They say that now those who have chat history in Yahoo, the have the opportunity to download it for six months. After that time, Yahoo Messenger will not available on the web.
Yahoo Messenger’s blog post said,” There was a great journey of yahoo messenger. On the 20-year journey, the service has enjoyed billions of people. It has changed the lives of millions of people. Millions of people sent letters and photos.”
In another statement, Yahoo authorities said they are creating another messaging app, named Squirrel. It can be used as a substitute for Yahoo Messenger. However, Messenger is closed but Yahoo mail and Yahoo Fantasy is not closing.
Yahoo has started experimenting with Squirrel which also a group messaging application. Those who are interested in using Squirrel, they can run the experimental app. Already it has been downloaded more than 5000 times from the Google Play Store.