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ICQ is the world's first instant messaging computer program, created by Mirabilis, an Israeli start-up company based in Tel-Aviv. The program was first released in November, 1996. The name ICQ is a play on the phrase "I seek you".

In June 2004 ICQ celebrated its 300 millionth download from download.com where it remained the most popular program for 7 consecutive years.

ICQ was founded by five young Israelis: Yair Goldfinger, Arik Vardi, Sefi Vigiser and Amnon Amir and managed by Ariel Yarnitsky.

ICQ allows the sending of text messages, URLs, multi-user chats, file transfers, greeting cards and more.

ICQ users are identified by numbers called UIN, distributed in sequential order (though it is rumored there are gaps in the sequence). New users are now given a UIN of well over 250,000,000, and low numbers (six digits or less) have been auctioned on eBay by users who signed up in ICQ's early days.

America Online (AOL) acquired Mirabilis on June 8, 1998 for $287 Million in cash.

ICQ 5 was released on Monday, February 7, 2005.

Clients

AOL's OSCAR network protocol used by ICQ is proprietary, but a number of people have created more or less compatible third-party clients, including:

AOL has recently begun making its ICQ software more AIM-like by adding AIM Smilies, as well as introducing cross AIM/ICQ communication. Users on ICQ are able to communicate with AIM users; however, such capability is in beta stages.

See also

External links

  • The Official ICQ Website (http://www.icq.com)
  • The History of ICQ (http://company.icq.com/info/icqstory.html)
  • Free ICQ Skins (http://mythunderbay.ezthemes.com/pcenhance/icq/main.phtml)
  • Unified Instant Messaging over IPv6 (http://www.cynet.ac.cy/general/IPv6presentations/P/Chown-Messaging/renater-messaging-04.pdf): A brief introduction on Instant Messaging and its products, followed by a description of some Peer-to-Peer systems and platforms. Then the IETF standards on Instant Messaging are presented. Finally, a framework for Agent-based Unified Instant Messaging over IPv6 is proposed.bg:ICQ

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