Sunday, March 2, 2014
ICQ Still Exists! : The BigBrotherVladamir Weekend Blog
Many many years ago, at the dawn of the internet, one messenger service connected teenage people around the world. The acronym "lol" was invented and used as code to confuse adults who they laughed at. Those times now far away, we see sites like MSN and HamsterDance.com fade into the ether of cyber junk yards. Yet, despite their decades without activity, one site continues to pay for server space and a domain name, that site is ICQ.
This is a mystery to unravel for any of you Harriet the Spy/ Hardy Boys wannabes out there looking to make a name for yourselves in the online sleuthing world. Why does this site still exist? Who is paying for it? Has anyone been on there in the past decade or are there only the ghosts of the chatters remaining in the servers.
I visited the now abandoned site to chat with teens, as I often do when I'm not out gardening my Kumquats only to find the place deserted. Not a teen in site (pun intended). Maybe they are awaiting the second coming of the teens in hopes that websites, like fashion trends are cyclical and will one day return to the once dominant cyber chatting site. Maybe they will finally run out of money to keep up the servers and give up on the dream. Only time will tell, but I will tell you, that if it takes another 20 years, I will have my chat with some teens.
This has been another BigBrotherVladamir blog.
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