Yahoo messenger was the real deal back in the days, many of us would find a way to visit the messenger but really when was the last time you opened yours? A large number of people are gradually moving from Yahoo which is why our longtime internet buddy is shutting down, Yahoo announced that it will be shutting down on the 17th of July 2018 after 20 long years.

We know we have many loyal fans who have used Yahoo Messenger since its beginning as one of the first apps of its kind,” said Yahoo’s parent company, Oath. But these loyal fans weren’t enough to keep the platform going after so many years.

Instant message applications were regarded as truly revolutionary 20 years ago. From the “ping” option in Yahoo Messenger to notify someone, to the “warning” lightning bolt you could send someone on AOL Instant Messenger if they were annoying you, these platforms taught us how to communicate on the internet.  With the rise of platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Slack and WeChat, there isn’t as much use for the originals anymore. For example, over one billion people use WhatsApp every day now.

However, Oath says this isn’t the end of messenger at Yahoo. It is currently working on “new, exciting communication tools” for the 21st-century consumer, namely a new platform called Squirrel.

“We’re currently experimenting with new services and apps, one of which is an invite-only group messaging app called Yahoo Squirrel (currently in beta),” said Oath.

For those of us that have a Yahoo ID, the Yahoo ID will still work for applications such as Yahoo Mail, following the shutdown of Messenger. It’s sad to say goodbye but we have to move on.



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