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Long before Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, there was a so-called MSN, which for 22 years was the perfect interface to communicate online with our friends.


It was a huge thing in addition to e-mailing in 1999, when MSN was released, where we could exchange messages directly and later send each other pictures and videos, and even chat live via webcam.

By early 2001, MSN already had nearly 29 million users worldwide, and we’ve been asking each other more and more, “Will you be online tonight?”

Here were introduced the now iconic emoticons, webcam calls, audio clips, online games, and the most irritating option, the so-called “nudge,” also known as vibration.

If someone didn’t respond quickly enough, it was enough to push the vibration, which caused an awfully annoying trembling, tingling in our partner to get the limp’s attention. It was a similarly good trick that we wanted to get our attention by logging in and out every five minutes to signal to the other with a pop-up window that we were online.

The last days of MSN began when it was renamed Windows Live Messenger, with persistent bugs, and the issue of account security became constantly questionable.

In October 2014, MSN Messenger was officially discontinued, which was unable to compete with the amazing developments and changes taking place on the Internet. The last nail in the coffin was the advent of Skype, which became more popular than MSN Messenger, and the advent of smartphones.

People no longer had to communicate with each other from home, instead there was Facebook and the Messenger that appeared on it, which made life a thousand times easier.

MSN is a symbol of the incredibly rapid evolution of the Internet that once dominated Internet communication, yet the development has killed it.

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