Yahoo messenger is shutting down soon, one of the pioneers of instant messaging service has announced today that messenger is winding up its services and will close on 17th of July. According to Techcrunch, Oath is a subsidiary of Verizon Communications which also owned TechCrunch, decided to take it down because of other dominant apps in the market.
“There currently isn’t a replacement product available for Yahoo Messenger, We’re constantly experimenting with new services and apps, one of which is an invite-only group messaging app called Yahoo Squirrel (currently in beta),” the company stated.
Squirrel is also an instant messaging service app started by Yahoo in replacement of messenger, you just have to request for beta access in order to use it, after that you would be able to redirect it and can download six months chat history as well. Yahoo has not terminated its other services the company said, you can still use Yahoo ID for other services like mail and sports fantasy.
The company has not specifically pointed out any reason as why they are terminating it too soon, but we can assume because of the ever-increasing dominance of other social media apps like Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, somehow Yahoo messenger not gained much popularity with time and in between so many apps perhaps messenger has lost its charm.
“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,” the company said.
Yahoo messenger messaging service introduced in 1998 as Yahoo pager and later got its rebranding in 1999, Almost 20 years later it is going to say Goodbye. Not forget to mention Squirrel is an invite-only messaging app which is currently in testing stages.