More about instant messaging: ICQ Instant Messenger was the first program that enabled Internet users to communicate with each other online in real time by sending text messages, links, files and greeting cards. Created in Israel in 1996 it held its place as the most popular program on download.com for 7 years and in 2004 celebrated 300 million downloads. ICQ is responsible for revolutionizing how people communicate with each other by starting the instant messaging boom. Instant messaging has become the preferred way to communicate among young people because of its immediacy and informality. ICQ is a play on the words "I seek you".
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