Messenger for Unix was released in September 2003, while an unofficial beta (v1.0.6) from a Yahoo employee was released around the same time.
It was organic, it was funny, it was fun, and yes, once in a while, people did find that perfect match. , the company itself began to die under the onslaught of Google. Chat had become like Sealdah station , not maintained, left to rot and with suspicious people hanging about, looking here and there. So they began flocking to the next big thing, social networking. Sure the English was bad, and ppl missed vowels and used caps and small letters indiscriminately, and neologisms like “hottings” and “nottings” (the latter being considered a portmanteau of “naughty things”) were indiscriminately coined, but one could not mistake the genuine bonhomie and desire to connect across boundaries of space and time, and no where was this better expressed than in the albums of pretty women who would wake up in the morning to find scraps left by total strangers of the type “Nice lag. ” But then somewhere down the line, Facebook opened itself to the world, with its better user interface and its locked down albums. It was that its owners never figured out how to commercialize them. Things no longer existed for the sheer pleasure of being there. Yet the two shall remain, in our memories, in hours of lost productivity, in seconds of strategic screen-minimizations,in floating scraps of conversations and in shards of indescribable delight.
The age of anonymity and multiple identities had come to an end, to be replaced by a more conventional interaction ethic that more resembled the real world’s. People started fleeing Orkut faster than industries from Bengal, and Orkut, once dutifully maintained and updated, became like a ghost post-apocalyptic cityscape, there and yet not there, Not that Orkut could not have been saved. Power had passed from the hands of engineers and scientists and intellectual adventurers to the MBA types. Chat was too anonymous to monetize through targeted advertisements.
Messenger allows you to chat with your Facebook friends and play games.
The integration with social networks has added some features to the application like updating your Facebook status through this client.
It is no longer simply a chat client as it now includes many more features, making it a much more attractive download.