Did you know that instant messaging came before the dawn of the internet? A report indicates that the term “instant messaging” entered common usage in the early 1990s, although the concept actually dates back to the mid-1960s. In 1961, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Computation Center created multi-user operating systems which would allow up to 30 users to log in at the same time and send messages to each other. A 2013 study also found out that about 1.48 billion IM app users all came from China alone, and a research by United Kingdom auditing and consulting firm Deloitte back in 2014 claimed that users in the UK sent at least 46 messages daily.
As of 2017, one of the most, if not the top, used instant messaging app is LINE. Originally built in response to the damaged telecommunications infrastructure in Japan after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, it has evolved into one of the most financially successful mobile instant messenger with a social platform of its own. LINE also offers a gaming platform and is one of the leading mobile gaming app publishers on the Google Play Store worldwide. Its mobile app publisher revenues amounted to $26.79 million. Presently, the market is abound with plenty of instant messaging apps available for PC, Android, and iOS.
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