In this data visualization video I look at the most popular instant messaging apps based on monthly active users. It includes the first graphical instant messaging app, PowWow. It was far ahead of its time but did not gain much traction.
I know there are many more apps but their numbers were either missing or inaccurate. Here are the ones I included:
First Graphical Standalone IM Client
First with VoIP, whiteboard, text-to-speech, surf together, audio player
First widely adopted IM client
Initially integrated into AOL Desktop
Popular in China
AKA Windows Live Messenger
Focused on video-chat
Developed by former Yahoo employees
Reached 40% of US teens by 2016
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