Yahoo is discontinuing Messenger
Yahoo Messenger is out, Squirrel is in 🐿️
Posted on June 8, 2018 11:51 PM.
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The end has come for pioneer instant messaging app Yahoo Messenger. Verizon subsidiary Oath announced it is planning to shut down the messenger on July 17, and is now redirecting users to its brand new group messaging app Squirrel.
Goodbye, old friend 😭
Yahoo Messenger first made its debut as Yahoo Pager way back in 1998, at a time when instant messaging was the terrain of PCs, as an alternative to email and SMS on basic mobile devices. It was an early hit and popularised the idea of “over the top” messaging that was not tied to a specific service provider.
Over its 20 years, hundreds of millions of people used Yahoo Messenger, ...
... [and] today ranks at 160 on iOS and 117 on Android in the social networking category, according to App Annie.
Despite being moderately successful over its years, newer, shinier apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Snapchat began to take over. To stay relevant, Yahoo started experimenting with new kinds of social apps — most recently, Squirrel, which was quietly rolled out just over a month ago. It's a topic-based chat app, so you can create “groups” for different subjects and divide them even further with “rooms,” which are similar to channels in Slack or Discord.
We know we have many loyal fans who have used Yahoo Messenger since its beginning as one of the first chat apps of its kind. As the communications landscape continues to change over, we're focusing on building and introducing new, exciting communications tools that better fit consumer needs.
You can download your chat history for the next 6 months at this download request site. Your chats will be emailed to you. If you have anything you want to save from Yahoo Messenger, it's a good idea to get a copy, because users will be unable to sign into the service after July 17th.
Squirrel is still invite-only, but you can download it today.
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