Yes, it’s true! Yahoo Messenger has officially announced that it’s shutting down on 17th July 2018, after being in action for 20 years.
To this, Yahoo’s parent company Oath added that “We know we have many loyal fans who have used Yahoo Messenger since its beginning as one of the first apps of its kind”. However, even the presence of these loyal fans wasn’t enough to keep the platform going after so many years.
To look back, instant message applications were regarded as truly revolutionary 20 years ago. From the “ping” option in Yahoo Messenger to notify someone, to the “warning” lightning bolt, users could send someone on AOL Instant Messenger if they were annoying the user. Basically, these platforms taught the way to communicate on the internet.
Thanks for the joy ride, yahoo messenger, goodbye 🖐
— yogi suwarno (@yosunoku) June 12, 2018
However, now with the rise of platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Slack and WeChat, there isn’t as much use for the originals anymore. For example, right now, almost one billion people use WhatsApp every day now.
The writing has been on the wall for Yahoo Messenger for a while. Oath, in fact, has already shut down AOL’s IM platform last year, after being 20 years in action. With this, its major rival, MSN Messenger, which was launched two years later, was finally shut down by Microsoft in 2014.
However, Oath added that this is definitely not the end of the messenger at Yahoo. It is currently working on “new, exciting communication tools” for the 21st-century consumer, namely a new platform called Squirrel.
To this, Oath confirmed that “We’re currently experimenting with new services and apps, one of which is an invite-only group messaging app called Yahoo Squirrel (currently in beta)”.
So, for the users still using Yahoo, Yahoo ID would be still working for applications such as Yahoo Mail, following the shutdown of Messenger. However, the most surprising fact remains that people are still using Yahoo’s products such as Messenger and Mail.
Goodbye yahoo messenger. Thx for the memories.
— flitz (@flitz24) June 12, 2018
In 2013, the company suffered one of the biggest hacks ever, though this information wasn’t revealed until 2016. At that time, Yahoo added that the stolen data might have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of births and hashed passwords.
Initially, Yahoo added that around one billion accounts were affected in the data breach, though this was later chalked up to three billion, which further refers that every single email account at Yahoo was compromised.
There are benefits to keeping up with Yahoo’s next Messenger platform, though, it’s not owned by Facebook for a start, unlike Facebook Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp.
Now, as per the research by virtual private network (VPN) comparison site, Top10VPN.com, with all the problems Facebook has faced this year regarding the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, more and more people are considering leaving social media.
So, after the scandal, around 52 percent of people surveyed said they trust Facebook less than they did last year. So, as a result, Yahoo Squirrel could have a positive future as the non-Facebook messenger platform.