How The ICQ Experiment Is Going

from the or-is-it-going-at-all? dept

When AOL bought ICQ for $267 million they had big plans for the service (even if they already had a competing IM platform). Now, a few years later, ICQ has many millions more users, but where’s the big successful business model that AOL seemed so sure of? Apparently, it’s just not there yet. Of course, if AOL hadn’t bought ICQ, then perhaps by now ICQ would have been one of those companies that had burned through millions of venture capital and was shutting its doors. Personally, I’ve stopped using ICQ, but some people seem to still like it.

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