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Amazing facts and figures about Instant Messaging (infographic)

Instant messaging. We all use it, whether it be Skype, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, or some other IM client or platform. We’ve come a long way since the days of ICQ, when IM as a phenomenon really took off. IM is now such an intricate part of our experience of the internet that we thought an infographic on the subject was in order. Enjoy!

Instant Messaging infographic



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12 comments
WQEA
WQEA

WINDOWS LIVE / MSN MESSENGER IS THE BEST BY FAR !!!!!!!!!!

Athryn
Athryn

Aim was released May 1997, not in 1996.

bakugan
bakugan

Interesting! It would be interesting to compare IM use with e.g. Facebook somehow. I for one use a lot less IM services and more Facebook and Twitter.

Tom
Tom

Am I oldschool, cause I'm not using any messenger?

ejes
ejes

okay, come on... instant messaging was around long before 1993... ever heard of internet relay chat? how about "talk"? yeah, from the 70's.

Pingdom
Pingdom

Yeah, "chatting" in various forms was around before that. Instant messaging in its current form though, is a different story. We're not saying that that timeline is an exhaustive timeline of everything that ever happened in computer-to-computer communication... We had limited space, so please cut us some slack. ;)

Albert
Albert

Interesting. The only one missing is IRC which has gone through a big revival the last years.

Soud Hyder
Soud Hyder

Facebook also has an IM, would be interesting to see Facebook IM figures as well.

Geckoandfly
Geckoandfly

not to be mistaken with Tencent QQ, i think QQ is probably one of the 5 biggest instant messenger in the world. Most of the chinese in China uses QQ

Jonas Nilsson
Jonas Nilsson

Interesting! It would be interesting to compare IM use with e.g. Facebook somehow. I for one use a lot less IM services and more Facebook and Twitter.

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