The Silent Death of MSN Messenger
For anyone born in the 80s and 90s, it’s a fair chance to have encountered and get hooked in MSN Messenger. Sure, Microsoft changed it to Windows Live Messenger, but for the rest of the world, it still remained the 3-letter acronym that it grew up with.
This post is a personal eulogy to the platform that rose after email, making it the online portal to an online realm that today we just can’t keep up with. From Facebook Chat, Whatsapp, Viber, Twitter, Tango, Voxer, and the services seem never to end, unlike the old days where MSN Messenger was our only choice, and we couldn’t but love it.
That’s all we expected back then. Our status was a simple message and a color indicating our willingness to waste our time. Friendships were gained and lost, relationships were based on the simple notion of the text, and online dating seemed to have a special flavor. I was constantly pushed by my parents to enjoy the sun outside, but MSN held something that the older generation wouldn’t understand.
Come to think of it, MSN was the basis of our internet culture. From shortened words that eventually leaked into homework, to the emoticons that we use on a daily basis, the chatting portal defined how we talk and interact on the web for generations to come.
The login sound is directly preceded by the dial-up tone; that bittersweet music that was our gateway to the internets. It was often my first stop before checking my mail and conducting whatever I did back then.
The only thing that we can still carry on from the demise of our beloved Messenger is our Hotmail accounts. From the ridiculous “dangerboy666” to “queenoftheworld” or whatever nicknames we thought were cool, they will always resemble a relic in our online.
It’s been ages since I last used MSN Messenger, simply because it fell behind the new services. After its shutdown, all contacts will be moved to Skype and login to MSN Messenger would render a coma of failed attempts. It has been a wild ride and great memories sprouted from a simple bundle of code. MSN will surely become out of order in the coming hours, but its sentimental value will remain in its blue and green icon dwelling in the dust bins of the web.
Some nostalgic moments: