Instant messengers are now part of online chat, but when I first chatted online they were not part of the chat community, you had to make do with very poor chat rooms, they were fun none the less Microsoft always had a good chat room.
In 1996 everything changed with the release of something called ICQ, which still runs today, ICQ (I seek You) revolutionised online chatting you can still download this but it is somewhat dated now, so I thought I would go through the online chat messengers.
First chat messenger there was, changed the face of chatting online forever, somewhat dated now and I havenít used it in years and donít think I would want to as there is far too much spam on there now, itís also easily abused, but you might want to check it out, Microsoft indeed tried to buy ICQ out when they discovered the power that ICQ had, Microsoft went on to create their own more powerful messenger.
Shortly after ICQ AOL launched their messenger, I have to be honest I hardly ever used and I donít think many people ever have lol, In the few times I did use it I nearly got hacked once and just couldnít quite understand how it worked, Aol messenger has hardly changed in all the years itís been running, hardly anyone uses this to chat nowadays.
Msn messenger was released some time after ICQ came out, msn messenger when it was first released was complete rubbish with terrible server issues, in fact it was un-usable you couldnít do very much and your conversations were cut off a lot of the time, so things started very badly, but things improved very quickly for Msn messenger and for people in the UK it is by far the most popluar messenger program now, it still suffers from bad privacy settings but MSN have tried to change this with the new release of MSN MESSENGER LIVE, which I hate but we will have to all get used to it, as we are all going to be using it eventually.
Yahoo also released their own messenger and funnily enough Yahoo messenger is the most popular Messenger on the net, I have to confess I donít use it, but Its very popular in the USA, thatís what makes it so popular, it is a very good messenger and far better than msn messenger technically, but doesnít have the ease of use that msn messenger has or the presentation, i think thatís why lots of people prefer msn messenger to chat.
There are a whole host of other messenger programs a lot of them branded, Odigo messenger and a BT messenger, there was an orange messenger and many more needless to say these have all fallen by the wayside as there is no way they can compete with MSN and YAHOO, their dominance will continue.
Instant messengers have indeed had an effect on chat rooms, the problem with instant messengers is they take people out of chat rooms, so really they have started to kill the chat room off, weather the chat room will die completely remains to be seen, but I think there will always be a place for chat rooms on the internet.
Instant messenger will always be a security risk, as you are in a client to client talk with someone, there is always a danger someone could gain access to your pc or access to personal information if your pc isnít properly protected, there is also the added problem with people keeping personal conversations, as you are supposed to inform someone before you save the conversation how many people do that, NO ONE!
Iím sure this might stir up many a legal issue if someone tried to use this information as evidence for a case.