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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Yahoo Messenger Going down on 17th July 2018. An emotional letter by a fan remembering the golden era that now comes to an end.

Dear Yahoo,

Yahoo messenger was one of the first as well as the finest chat application. Chatting, to the most of our generation, started from Yahoo messenger in the public domain. Private chats as well as the chat rooms, were all a world of fantasy that soon became the world we lived in.

It's a sad news that Yahoo Messenger will no longer be supported after July 17, 2018. However, I do believe changes do happen. And, are essential to keep the river flowing. But trust me, the heart is heavy as if someone very own is going far far away.

The messenger has been a part of my childhood and of millions like me. It has supported me from contacting guys for studies as well as chatting late hours with my girlfriend. And, who could ever forget that chats with unknowns beginning with the all new discovered slangs like "a/s/l please" and frequently supplemented with the cool additions to our vocabulary like "brb", "lol" and "imo" etc. It has also been the only support in my long distance relationship with my ex.

I pretty much remember everything. Those were the days before Orkut, MySpace, Facebook, Watsapp, Hike or anything. The free chatrooms with multiple people checking in and leaving was an experience  out of the box. We have developed sincere and full-fledged virtual relationships with someone we never met. Sometimes, we waited for hours at odd hours for people to check-in the chat room. And, sometimes we just waited for hours before sending that first 'hi' to our crushes. Looks like some most cherished memories circle around Yahoo Messenger!

I’ve loved using the tool and want to thank you Yahoo for bringing such a product for us. I know that you will continue to focus on building and introducing new, exciting communication tools that impact and delight your users. 

Thanks for being a part of my life for so many years.

Thanks and regards,
Anwar Jamal Faiz

** To my blog readers: Before July 17, you can continue to use the service, but after that date, you will no longer have access to Yahoo Messenger. You can learn how to save your chats by visiting this FAQ page of Yahoo.

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