I remember during my junior high and high school years, the way to communicate through the internet was through MSN Messenger. I don’t know how big it was in other parts of the world, but in South America, MSN Messenger was HUGE.
Hotmail and MSN messenger
Everyone and their dog had MSN Messenger. I remember when it was just the simple MSN version with just the option to chat between one other person and yourself. Then later it develop to have emoticons, nothing crazy, just a couple of smiley faces and hearts. Later it allowed to change your screen name, and adding a little status update right beside your name.
You were able to organize different groups. Later came the picture involved, and then customizing colors of fonts and windows. Then video, and pictures to share, then full on real time video chat, custom emoticons, gifs, group chatting, etc.
It’s be a program that has developed from nothing to everything in less than a decade.
I remember hearing of other messaging services like ICQ or AOL Messenger. But to be honest, none of them ever came close to how beautiful the MSN Messenger platform looked. Every version was better than the one before, and it definitely showed with the increase of accounts created by different people that kept hearing of the MSN Messenger boom.
I remember another chat system/platform that was big where I grew up, was IRC. IRC had the power to do so many different things due to the easy access to coding what you wanted to show in the chat platform or screen. And even though it was quite entertaining and the possibilities to create were tremendous compared to MSN Messenger, the disadvantage was the limited servers that could host the different chat group, while MSN Messenger was just a click to turn online or offline, and start chatting with those you knew. And that’s probably why MSN Messenger became such a loved chat platform. You messaged people that you knew. You only added people that you wanted to chat with. You didn’t have to be in an open chat room and endure some chats that you just wished you never had. Unless you were a creep, and loved receiving unknown contact invitations to your MSN messenger.
Now the question is what happened with MSN Messenger? I haven’t used it for years, and I remember using it a couple of years ago, maybe longer, and seeing that no one was connected… It made me reminisce or how it was when it first started… empty, without contacts and people that knew of a better way to communicate online.