One of the first instant messaging app, Yahoo Messenger (owned by Oath) will no longer be supported after July 17, 2018. Until then, you can continue to use the service normally. After July 17, you’ll no longer be able to access your chats and the service will no longer work.

Yahoo messenger is shutting down at a time when Facebook owned WhatsApp, Facebook’s own messenger, Google and other messaging apps are dominating the messaging space. But for sure, Yahoo Messenger is an end of an era. Most of the millennial might not have used Y!M, but 20 years back, it was the market leader then in the instant messaging space.

Yahoo Messenger

Yahoo stated that it is abandoning the service in pursuit of coming up with a better communication tool that fits the current trends of messenger applications. There currently isn’t a replacement product available for Yahoo Messenger. But Yahoo stated that they are constantly experimenting with new services and apps, one of which is an invite-only group messaging app called Yahoo Squirrel (currently in beta). You can request an invite at squirrel.yahoo.com.

For the next 6 months, you can download your Yahoo Messenger chat history to you personal computer or device.

  1. Got to the downloader request site.
  2. Sign in.
  3. Select a verification method, then enter the Account Key sent to you.
  4. Click Download.
  5. Enter the email where you want the file sent and click OK.
  6. Watch your email for the file.

Oath, the company that owns Yahoo, has also shut down AIM, AOL’s instant messaging app in last October.

Yahoo Messenger was originally launched under the name Yahoo! Pager on March 9, 1998. For almost 20 years Y!M dominated the messaging space, but with the current wave of mobile based messaging apps, Yahoo failed to live up to the expectations.

Squirrel – Group Chat. Organized

Organize groups and chats the way you want, so you can keep up without getting lost in the noise. Squirrel is invite only for now. You can ask a friend with the app to invite you to a group.

  1. Rooms: Create separate rooms for specific people or topics. Chat in the main room for group-wide announcements and banter.
  2. Mute: Turn off notifications in rooms that are a snore.
  3. Secret rooms: Use secret rooms for private chats with those in the know.
  4. Reactions: Make inside jokes official. Create your own one-tap reactions for the group.
  5. Blasts: Make sure everyone in your group sees important messages.
  6. Attachments: Share photos, documents, or links. Find them later easily all in one place.
  7. Activity view: Never miss an important message. Know when you are mentioned, all in one view.

Yahoo Squirrel

Oath Inc. is a subsidiary of Verizon Communications that serves as the umbrella company of its digital content subdivisions, including AOL and Yahoo!. Verizon acquired AOL on June 23, 2015 and Yahoo!’s operating business on June 13, 2017.

 

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