DID YOU KNOW?
The concept of instant messaging dates back to the mid-1960s? A multi-user operating system called the Compatible Time-Sharing System existed in 1961. It was being used by MIT students and allowed 30 users to log in at the same time and communicate with one another. The Zephyr Notification Service used Unix to locate and send messages to users in 1981. In 1982, Commodore International released the Commodore 64 PC. It came with an Internet service called Quantum Link which became America Online (AOL) in the 90s. Q-Link users could pay a monthly fee to send text-based messages to others via modem. The receiver had the option of responding to or ignoring the messages.
These events inspired and pushed for the rise of instant messaging in the market. The first one that made an impact in the market was when AOL launched AIM. It allowed users to send messages to each other and included user profiles. It also allowed for the use of away messages and icons for more engagement. The introduction of Yahoo Messenger and Pidgin in the following years. In 2003, Skype launched and added the ability to communicate through voice or video. Plenty of instant messaging apps came out since for computers and mobile devices. A popular one is WhatsApp with all those features and worked cross-platform. Much like what AIM started back then, it allowed users to set status messages for all to see. One neat feature that it had was it allowed users to set Whatsapp status videos. These Whatsapp videos were like My Day and Stories from Facebook and Instagram.