Yahoo! recently announced that it will be shutting down the previous version of their once popular Instant Messaging service on August 5. Yes, kids! Before Facebook Messenger, Viber, Whatsapp, and whatever messaging services you have on your phone — there was Yahoo! Messenger. Now that Yahoo! released an updated version for their messaging app to keep up with the times, they figured it was about time they shut down the legacy service that has managed to last since 1998.
Check out the excerpt from their official blog:
While today we provide basic inter-operation between the legacy product and the new Messenger, we encourage all of our users to complete their transition to the new Yahoo Messenger as we will no longer support the legacy platform as of August 5, 2016. We intend to continue our focused efforts on the new Messenger, with a goal of delivering the best experience to our users.
In the sea of tech news, this really caught our attention because it brought back memories of planning out of town trips with college buddies, video chatting with relatives in other countries (Yes. This was before Skype as well), and learning all the little animated emoticons to show people that you are laughing at their joke or at their expense (Dear Lord… This was before LOL was commonly used as well.
So there you have it. If you have managed to hang on to the login details of your old YM account and want to log on one last time for the heck of it, you better get to it before August 5. Feel free to share your YM stories in the comment section as well.