After 20 Years, Yahoo Messenger Is Finally Dead And Gone, Taking A Bit Of Our Childhood With It

By on July 20, 2018

After two decades of service, Yahoo Messenger finally bid the world goodbye as its platform was taken offline.

Verizon acquired a struggling Yahoo back in 2017, and eventually made the decision to shut down the messenger service, though it didn’t specify a reason for it. It was likely purely a financial move however, given that keeping it alive was spending more money than the messenger was making. Verizon did however keep Yahoo’s ad platform around.

Now, anyone still inexplicably on Yahoo Messenger will instead be redirected to Squirrel, Yahoo’s invite-only chat app for Android and iOS. It’s still in beta testing, but the company has big plans for the new messenger on the block. Meanwhile, you still have another six months to backup your old chat history from your Yahoo Messenger account.

“We know we have many loyal fans who have used Yahoo Messenger since its beginning as one of the first chat apps of its kind,” Yahoo said in a press release last month. “As the communications landscape continues to change over, we’re focusing on building and introducing new, exciting communications tools that better fit consumer needs.”

It’s a massive fall from grace for what was once arguably the biggest instant messenger in the game. After all, it was free, easy to use, and had a ton of emoji (oooh). In 2009, the service had as many as 122 million users worldwide.

But as instant messaging gradually moved from desktop software to browsers, and then smartphone apps, it struggled to keep up with the likes of WhatsApp, Facebook’s Messenger, and even Snapchat and Telegram.

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