It all started with Yahoo! Isn’t it? Chatting meant Yahoo Messenger. The cute-little yellow faces were so popular back then. It was one-of-a-kind experience to hear that buzz sound, having one of your friends giving you the latest updates on the school gossips on the messenger. It was our first rendezvous with the World Wide Web. With Yahoo finally pulling its plug today, we’re suddenly feeling older. As the messenger shuts down today, the users are getting a window of six months to download their chat history. Those who are trying to use Yahoo Messeger today will be redirected to the new group messaging app Squirrel.
While those belonging to the Noughties might not be very much affected by Yahoo Messenger’s end, the news of its demise brought back thousands of memories to the 90’s kids.
As soon as the messenger app announced shut-down, the 90’s kids started pouring nostalgia on Twitter.
RIP #Yahoo Messanger (1998-2018) : I loved it when it came out. I fondly remember going to random chat rooms, striking a conversation and learning all the chat acronyms like ASL. Then came booters and totally ruined the whole experience. No surprise that it died a natural death.— Sndp. (@dgtl_g33k) July 17, 2018
— Scott Allen Graham (@ScottGraham9) July 12, 2018
So we have reached the Final 48 Hrs for Yahoo Messenger. Yahoo Messenger comes to an end on July 17th, 2018. Todays post discusses some of the frequently asked questions concerning Yahoo IM. https://t.co/0RvTlL5VoT#Yahoo #YahooIM #YahooMessenger #YahooIMShutdown #Tech #News pic.twitter.com/c6MVkVG428— TechGeekandMore.com (@Techgeekandmore) July 15, 2018
Shouts to my first ever email account/screen name on Yahoo “plop9912”. Neva forget getting hit with the a/s/l in Yahoo Cribbage. Made me the man I am today. #yahoo— Bando Calrissian (@largemichael88) July 10, 2018
RIP #Yahoo #Messenger, I would always owe you my introduction to the internet chat services some 19 years ago. #GreatMemories #InternetChat #PublicRooms #VirtualFriends #EndofanEra pic.twitter.com/qwTdLT741c— Aby (@abhishek1183) July 17, 2018
The older version of Yahoo was shut down on August 5 in 2016. The newer version was launched in December 2015, which has shut down today. Yahoo Messenger finally pulls the plug after almost 20 years of making the debut. It was the first real platform for real-time communication that allowed sending images and real-time updates. People who wish to download their chat history can go to the downloader request site, sign in and select a verification method. Enter the account key. Click download and enter the email where the chat history file can be send. Then, you’re good to go. The company recommends users to delete the Yahoo Messenger app after downloading the chat history.