So it would appear the end of MSN Messenger has happened. For some it has passed without realisation and for others it has had a bit more of a hit being the “end of an era” and all. Microsoft has scrapped it’s MSN messenger services to be replaced by Skype.
Being born early ’90’s (1990) to be exact, hitting my early teen years bought with it the info highway of all types of social networking. Starting with the basics of a msn/hotmail account with some lame name as many of us did such as firstname.lastname@example.org at about the age of 11, then moving onto windows/msn messenger – an easy way of talking to friends without having to waste credit on our ancient payg mobiles.
As MSN messenger grew so was added profile pictures, personal messages and much more inlcuding webcam, microphone usseage and being add people to conversations. Before you knew it you were having a bitch fight with ten girls from your class who weren’t even on your contact’s list – the downsde to MSN messenger.
As social network sites hit starting with Bebo, then Myspace and then Facebook the interest in MSN dwindled, especially once Facebook introduced it’s messaging service it became easier to do it all from the same webpage rather than having twenty windows open. No one used MSN messenger anymore and you went from having 30+ contacts online to not even 5.
It is great that the option of merging your contacts with your Skype account is being offered as an alternative but I don’t see the point. The IM and video chat features are present which are pretty much the same as messenger – hell Skype is the same as messenger – it has it all and a few more but a big issue for me would be the fact that despite the fact it isn’t supposed to the application stores conversations across devices wether it was had on that device or not (not a huge problem but an unnecessary glitch.) I could be wrong but messenger came across as being of a generation and with the ease of being able to Facebook/Tweet, even message our friends on our many unlimited messaging contracts I just don’t see it as a worthwhile replacement.
Overall I am sad to see messenger go as I grew up using it and although I am only 23 it was part of my “younger years” and part of what a lot of my growing geek years revolved around. Messenger will be missed it is easy to say but life will go on quite easily without it. RIP Messenger.