Yahoo Messenger Is Dead

Yahoo Messenger

It hit me this morning. Yahoo Messenger is dead. I haven’t logged in there in months now. Plus, the last few times that I logged in months ago, I had only one regular active contact on there. Just one. There used to be a time when all my instant messaging was done via Yahoo Messenger. Now, it is just a ghost town to me. In my circles, I was one of the last men standing. And now, even I am gone.

I do not doubt that there are still people who use Messenger regularly, but in today’s world of Facebook Chat, Google Chat and WhatsApp, those users are likely to be in the minority. I really am wondering what the spread of instant messaging services usage is like now. Of those who have abandoned Yahoo Messenger, what alternatives have they migrated to, and why?

Anyway, when I am done typing this article, I will be uninstalling Messenger from my netbook and mobiles. Here is my epitaph to a fine service that once kept me connected day after day for years. Yahoo Messenger as a service may not be exactly dead, but it is dead to me.

If you once used Yahoo Messenger, why did you leave and for which alternative service? If you still use Messenger, do tell us how it is in those streets.

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AKA Mister MO. Owned over 100 mobiles. Digital Media is the game: web, mobile and social. Follow him on Twitter @Moverick, on LinkedIn at YomiAdegboye, and circle him on Google+.

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14 comments on “Yahoo Messenger Is Dead”

  1. Belushi Reply

    It’s so sad that our almost only chat service provider some not too distant years ago have been relegated to the ground. In this fast paced world of mobile communication technology, you better keep innovating or you will be left behind. Yahoo messenger used to be my one and only chat app some time ago, not anymore. I hardly have anyone buzz me on it. My main chat app now is whatsapp. Then gtalk and facebook chat. I think I will as well go and uninstall yahoo messenger from my mobile. There is no need for it occupying precious ram space. I recently deleted Viber and tango too. I can do with just those three… WhatsApp, Facebook chat and gtalk.
    Bye bye yahoo messenger.

  2. Harry Echemco Reply

    Yeah, Yahoo! Messenger did a good job at a point, but I guess because of the poor performance of other Yahoo! services, Messenger was affected too.

    I’m presently using WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, the latter very sparingly though.

  3. trae_z Reply

    You spoke my mind plus the comments above this. Nothing more to add.

    I keep in touch with friends now via Facebook chat and Whatsapp. Gtalk very sparingly.

  4. bosun99uk Reply

    I cant even remember how i left yahoo messenger, it just happened.

  5. Noni Reply

    Funny enough, I uninstalled Yahoo Messenger from my tablet only this week.

    However, MSN Messenger is the last man standing. Thanks to Skype, it hasn’t totally died out and I do chat to a few people there (not everyone has a smartphone or wants to use Whatsapp).

  6. Endi Reply

    When you fail to innovate early, you get shoved into the gutters. Still have it on though; I might need it when I want to hide from the crowd of Facebook, Whatsapp and BBM.

  7. Claudia Reply

    I have used yahoo messenger for a long time now, but right now, I only have 1 contact in my list, with whom i talk fairly often. The other contacts share messages with me randomly, once in a while. I cannot think of a better program other than Yahoo: it keeps your privacy, different from Facebook. So I will be probably moving to Google or MSN, or neither. Perhaps I just quit those messaging programs, I am too old for that now!

  8. Dee Reply

    I’m using Yahoo Messenger regularly till now, even if I’ve got only 1 loyal user left, which is my best friend and I talk to her often. I don’t know why, I’m just keeping myself online, I’m feeling like a zombie apocalypse survivor or whatever. Too many memories happened in Yahoo Messenger (back then when it’s still popular). My boyfriend even proposed via Y!M. Call me stupid, but I think I’ll stay till I’m the last one standing in this granny app. Come on, Yahoo! Wake up! Do something!

  9. Jimmy James Reply

    I’m late on this, but here’s my thoughts…

    I quit using Y!M because Yahoo is worthlessly slow with their software releases. The iOS version has horrid issues, and there isn’t even a version for Windows Phone, an OS that’s been around for coming up on four years. I realized they’ve given up on it, and since I used it only for talking to one person… It was done.

  10. Jagpal Singh Reply

    Well I think Yahoo! Messenger died for some other reasons. The chatting with an unknown person, by just asking “asl pls” used to be fun and it was great fun! Guys used to chat on for hours, days just to find a female. And many times, they used to encounter a guy posing as a female with a fake username!!! That’s was fun and it was the best thing about Yahoo Messenger. But personally I believe, around 2005-2006, Orkut gained popularity. There people could find real people because they had pictures and people started posting their real pics online. But still Yahoo Messenger was there. But soon, Gmail gained popularity, and with in built chat mechanism, people starting merging Orkut and Gmail and started drifting away from Yahoo Messenger!. And then, in a few years time, Facebook came and we all know what happened to Orkut and Yahoo Messenger.

    Personally I have left chatting, though sometimes I find some friend online on Gmail and Facebook.

    But yes, one thing is for sure, Yahoo Messenger was the best thing. I still remember the hours I used to spent chatting with people over there. There used to be chatrooms where you could find anybody, without any real pic or whatever. But now facebook is there and I must say, chatting is dying. Yahoo Messenger used to find a new person, without looking at his profile or face. It was the best mechanism to make a friend.

    With private chatrooms down, Yahoo Messenger started loosing popularity and subsequently it almost died out. I don’t know for how long it will survive. But one thing is for sure, the smileys of Yahoo Messenger were the best and nothing (Skype, Gmail, Facebook or whatever) can beat their smileys…!

  11. Robert K. Reply

    Yahoo messenger is old fashioned. You can’t go out to catch fun (cinemas, beaches…etc) and begin to ask for yahoo Ids of cute girls you meet so you can buzz them on Yahoo M… You would look like some weird creature that just escaped from a psychiatric home.

    Whatsapp, twitter, 2go, facebook…etc have taken over.

    Move with the tide…

  12. Benji Reply

    I still use Yahoo Messenger.. it’s useful for e-mail alerts.

    If anyone wants a yahoo buddy add supahypasonic

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