Thursday, October 17, 2013

ICQ: Where's Its Target Audience?

When you hear about ICQ, you begin to think back to 1998 when you used the Internet messenger to talk to strangers, colleagues, co-workers, classmates, friends, and family. It was also a great way to send mobile text messages (SMS).

Today, ICQ is still supported in every major multi-IM client such as Adium, Pidgin, and Trillian. ICQ also has its own Windows 8 client, apart from clients for iOS, Android, Blackberry, Symbian, Bada, and MacOS. That makes you wonder - who uses ICQ?

ICQ started off as a product by the Israeli firm Mirabilis. It was then sold to America Online, which in turn sold it to a Russian firm, Digital Sky Technologies. It would be highly unlikely that you would meet someone in the US or UK, or even Dubai or India, who uses ICQ. However, ICQ has a lot of users from Russia and Eastern Europe. GoogleTalk, Skype, WhatsApp, and FaceBook Chat may be the current favorites for IM and chat, but ICQ is far from being a has-been in some parts of the world.

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