ICQ – The First Instant Messaging Client


ICQ (short for “I Seek You”) revolutionized standalone instant messaging clients when it first debuted in November 1996. Microsoft had just unveiled Windows 95 at that time, while mobile phones were still relatively uncommon.

By 2001, over 100 million users had downloaded it from both App Store and Google Play.

Audio and video calls

Today’s instant messaging landscape may seem ubiquitous with apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger allowing people to chat privately between users or make video calls, making instantaneous messaging ubiquitous. Yet instant messaging actually began back in 1996 with the launch of ICQ as one of the first services of its kind.

Mirabilis’ ICQ enjoyed first-mover advantage and became immensely popular, drawing in millions of early Internet users with its promise of real time communication. AOL purchased Mirabilis for $287 million shortly thereafter.

ICQ team’s focus was to make its experience as user-friendly as possible, including smart replies and the capability of turning voice messages into text, which allowed users to remain online even without strong or stable internet connectivity. Furthermore, conversations could remain private by permitting users to create nicknames based on first and last names that weren’t linked directly with phone numbers.

Today, ICQ still provides many of the same features, though its popularity has decreased over time. It remains the most widely-used instant messaging app in Russia where whole stories and subcultures have developed around it.

ICQ’s latest desktop client for Windows, macOS and Linux offers end-to-end encryption for audio and video calls while text chats remain unencrypted by default; their Privacy Policy states they can disclose any chat content upon law enforcement agency requests.

Group chats

When ICQ first made its debut in November 1996, Microsoft’s groundbreaking Windows 95 had barely made an impression and SMS texts hadn’t yet made their debut – yet. Meanwhile, Nokia 3310 mobile phones remained extremely popular (they weren’t replaced with iPhone until 2007). Israeli company Mirabilis (an acronym of “I Seek You”) made this standalone instant messaging software an instant hit with millions of users worldwide; its technology would go on to inspire numerous similar apps over time.

ICQ stands out as an exceptional messaging app by offering simultaneous chat with up to 25,000 people simultaneously through group chats. Users can share files and photos as with any messaging service; files and photos may also be uploaded in similar fashion as other messaging apps. Furthermore, its privacy-supportive nature enables users to hide their screen names or email addresses from fellow chat participants; use digital nicknames instead of real ones on profiles for easier disclosure, or change UIN without negatively affecting any other personal details.

ICQ app is available on all major mobile platforms – iOS, Android and Samsung Bada – offering video calls, private and group chats as well as the option to access them using telephone numbers. In addition to these cross-platform features, stickers found elsewhere on messengers such as Facebook are supported automatically transcribed into text via audio messages; smart replies enable quick responses using pre-set answers; etc.

ICQ stands out from the pack by featuring not only instant messaging features but also its own media editor for processing pictures and videos. Furthermore, its latest update allows users to draw directly onto videos and pictures using their finger as a brush! ICQ private chats can be accessed across devices thanks to cloud synchronization while messages can be deleted at any time.

Short voice messages

ICQ New is a modern messaging app offering voice and video calls, private conversations between two or more users, group chats, stickers and much more. Like many modern messaging services, it uses end-to-end encryption for voice and video calls using ZRTP protocol and VoIP technology, keeping conversations secure from third parties.

ICQ pioneered instant messaging when it launched in November 1996. As its popularity spread across various IM programs such as AOL Instant Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger, it quickly become one of the leading IM programs of its time. Though initially seen as something of a novelty, its growth accelerated quickly reaching over 100 million registered users by early 2001.

This app includes a short voice message feature that allows users to send short voicemails by simply speaking out loud, which are then converted to text and sent off as usual. This feature can be useful if typing is simply too difficult; also supported are 40 languages supported for speech recognition that convert audio files to text for further processing.

ICQ also provides free audio-chatting on both PCs and smartphones, enabling users to contact each other without the need for phone numbers. Some messaging apps such as Skype offer this functionality but charge users for actual phone numbers they call.

ICQ client software can be found for Windows, iOS and Android devices and is supported by an expert team to ensure secure communications. While its popularity in the US and UK has diminished over time, its service still enjoys widespread popularity throughout Eastern Europe and Russia. Notably, Facebook Messenger offers similar privacy-oriented features for Windows devices as ICQ does.

Mobile editor

The mobile editor is a tool designed to allow users to optimize their site for mobile devices. This includes adding text, images, buttons and other content onto websites as well as hiding elements that don’t adapt well for mobile usage or changing page layouts. Furthermore, users can edit the color background of websites as well as rearrange page sections using this special application.

ICQ also offers a channel feature, enabling users to post text, pictures or videos and stay in contact with friends as well as businesses around the world. A mobile app also makes accessing this service even easier!

One of the greatest features offered by ICQ is its automatic sync across devices, meaning users can talk with someone on their computer or phone and switch over seamlessly to talking on a tablet device without interruptions in conversation. Furthermore, users can delete messages in chat with no adverse effect on another user’s device.

ICQ also boasts the world’s first neural network video editing, which allows users to turn their videos into works of art. Furthermore, its extensive photo processing feature enables users to add effects and draw directly onto images or videos. Finally, this platform features stickers which provide an easy way to express yourself while making content more captivating.


ICQ includes stickers expressing various emotions to add an emotive and personalized element to communication via its app. Users can customize and add their own stickers to its sticker library, creating their own sticker packs. Furthermore, masks can be used during video calls and superimposed onto photos, as well as machine learning which will suggest suitable stickers during a communication.

This program also enables you to send files via link, making this option particularly useful when sharing large files like movies or video clips. Furthermore, voice messages can be converted to text – perfect when traveling by bus or meeting without access to spoken words!

ICQ stands out among messaging applications by providing chatrooms that any user can join – some even accommodating over 10,000 participants at once! These rooms cover any topic under the sun and can even hold events. ICQ provides this unique feature that not all messaging applications provide.

The software also features an automatic translation function that instantly converts messages between different languages – perfect when conversing with foreign friends! In addition, an API-bot allows businesses offering online services to interact directly with customers – an invaluable asset!

Import the custom stickers created through ICQ into Telegram using the @stickers bot and share the link of your sticker pack. After uploading, your pack will appear under Stickers as another pack in Telegram.

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