Life was so much simpler when there was one definitive king of the messengers. Anyone from my era will remember the early Internet and the one primary form of keeping in touch with friends and family……No not email……MSN Messenger. When I think back now in todays ‘new normal’ the experience was shocking but back then it was the greatest means of social on the planet.
Picture the scene, you return from school, colleague, work, you run straight upstairs to the computer, you boot it up, the screen turns on, you click the freeserve icon (AOL was far to expensive) and you wait……and wait….and wait…….annnnd wait…..dial up at its best. Once you finally got connected you would click the msn messenger logo and your off, ready to chat to the world. I truly owe my adoption of todays platforms to Messenger because back then you could have entire conversations via short abbreviations ie ASL? or BRB, GTG, accompanied with cute little emoticons. It honestly was ahead of its time and even though someone wanting to use the phone in the same household meant complete disconnection from the internet, many of us still loved the experience.
By todays standard we still have entire conversations with LOL, ROFL, OMG along with emojis but our platform choices are now, WhatsApp, Messenger, Instagram, iMessage, Allo, Twitter, bebo,Viber, kik and Snapchat to name but a few. The world has changed fast and more and more ways of communication keep surfacing and thats ok because its the standard, but in my heart there will only ever be one original King, Msn Messenger this is my salute to you.