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The Rise and Fall of Instant Messenger (A Repost)

Ever wonder how we say a lot has changed over the past years yet when someone asks us how are we doing, we keep on answering everything is just the same?

No, we’re not gonna discuss ours or your personal pasts. But we just can’t help but share to you this informative write-up we have read from whoishostingthis of how some instant messaging application reached their peak, fall and remain constant.

The Rise and Fall of Instant Messengers

Remember ICQ, AIM, and “A/S/L”?

If you experienced the rise of instant messaging in the 1990s, those acronyms can be very nostalgia-inducing. But IMing with friends and strangers online wasn’t only fun and exciting, but revolutionary: though we take instant communication for granted today, the advent of instant messaging changed the way people communicate forever.

Before the Internet era, phone calls were the only instant form of communication available to most people. Calling outside your area, sometimes even to the next town over, could result in hefty long-distance fees, and the complications of setting up conversations with more than two participants made it not worth the trouble for most.

But with the advent of the World Wide Web and instant messaging in the 1990s, suddenly anyone with an Internet connection could instantly chat with people around the world, for just the cost of their monthly Internet subscription. It didn’t matter whether you’d met them before or even knew each others’ real names; only that you both had access to the new world wide web.

Since then, the way we communicate has changed forever (and become full of even more acronyms: LOL, ROFL, BRB, TTYL, and more).

Today, instant messaging has come a long way. Chat rooms and IM programs have given way to smartphone apps like Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp, or social media like Twitter to broadcast our instant messages for all to see. Instead of just text, we can instantly share documents, videos, images, and more. With Skype and Google Hangouts, we can move beyond instant messaging to real-time video conferencing, adding another layer to modern instant communication.

How did the revolution begin? Which companies achieved success and fame with IMing, and whatever happened to AIM and ICQ? Follow the timeline below to follow the rise and fall of those giants of instant messaging, and how they led the instant communication revolution.

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Learning this, we are on positive view that PEN’s services and features will be of huge help to the new batch of IM users. We will continue to improve and learn your social needs and hopefully continue to advance.

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The Impact of Social Media

If one were to look back over the last decade and try to find some element that affected society as a whole from a technical standpoint, there would be a couple of possible contenders. The advancement of smartphone technology in such a short time is certainly impressive, for example. However, the impact of social media, while intertwined with the smartphone is something that made even more of an impression. Consider just how easy it is to see what is happening on the other side of the world, through the accounts of real people rather than filtered news channels. Twitter and Facebook were huge parts of the Arab Spring, and they are important to help people keep in contact and updated during disasters.

The Effect on Communication and Connection

A decade ago, it was very difficult to find and connect with people that you once knew in high school or college, even with the power of the web. When you moved away, most people lost touch permanently. The social media sites, such as Facebook and Google+, are making it much easier for people to find one another and reconnect, even after decades of being apart. The sites are a great way to see what is happening in the lives of friends and family, and to meet new people who have similar interests and thoughts to yours.

The Youth

The youth of the world is often the most ready to adapt to and learn to use new technologies, and they are certainly at the forefront of social media of all types. They have more technological know-how than many of older generations as well. Social media, therefore, is certainly having a rather large impact on their daily lives for good and for bad.

Those who spend too much time on social sites, or who take the abuses of online bullies seriously on the sites could have some issues. For parents, even those of teenagers who are 16 and 17, it is important to watch to make sure that social media sites do not take over the lives of children. When used appropriately, it can be a very good thing.

Marketing

Of course, the social media sites are ripe for marketing endeavors as well, and over the past few years, users have seen an uptick in the amount of advertising on the sites. Many companies are actually choosing to become a part of the site rather than merely buying advertising. This allows for a closer connection between the customers and the companies, which could lead to better service and better quality products. As long as companies are not too overt about ads and promotion, most users do not mind it. In most cases, users would have to subscribe to the content in the first place.

Entertainment

Another reason people are spending as much time as they do on social media sites is because they can be a great form of entertainment. Watch videos that people post to their timelines, view pictures, read stories, and even play games. Whether using a smart phone, a tablet, or a traditional computer, more and more people are utilizing social media in their daily lives. Few things have quite as much impact and affect as social media over the past few years. The sites are certainly a step toward world globalization.

It is possible to find a number of different social media outlets available today, and one should certainly be able to find something that suits their needs and lifestyle. From Twitter to Facebook and Google+, something is available for everyone who wants to connect.

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Places and To-Do: PeN’s newest feature

“When I was a little girl, I would tell myself I will travel the world. Now that I am a big girl, I think I can travel the world now! La la la la…”

Are you a millennial baby? Ever wonder how our older sister, aunts, dads survived road trips and long drives without GPS? Wow! How time flies! How technology evolved! And now with the new feature of PeN, not only you can locate your friends who are nearby or show your location to others, hence, you can also see recommended places and things to do around you. So the next time you plan a road trip or travel somewhere that you are not familiar, just remember to install PeN and open your location services. It sure will come handy everywhere you go!

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Brands and Social Media: A Convergence

For some businesses, whether big or small, they believe that social media marketing is the “next big thing”. It could probably true or maybe not. But the fad has taken so much of the marketing spotlight these days. It’s an instant way to send out your brand messages to consumers without the hassle and less learning curve.

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Why Social Messaging is the New Trend

The past few days, we were researching and finding reasons why Social Messaging is the new communication fad and why we want to share our new app to everyone. We could list down thousand words for you to read but in order to easily understand, we found a recent facts that was released by Pew via www.wired.com/.

Here are several diagrams that shows the rapid rise of social media today:

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So what’s in it for PeN to enter the vast market of Social Media apps? Simple. Combine all what these apps/websites does and you get one single app plus alot more features that other apps doesn’t have. It’s gonna be one easy access app. No more switching apps! All in one but still enjoy the same features, might be even better!

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Messaging Apps Are Now Bigger Than Social Networks

Today, we would like to share an article from http://www.businessinsider.com of why Social Messaging is now bigger than Social networks. We think this is important to show how you can limit the apps on your phone and choose the right ones for you with perfect usage and capabilities.

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Connect For Free

We live in a mobile world. A world where we are constantly on the move, whether flying to an exotic destination or going to work and while on the move we have the need and the urge to communicate. In the good old past we communicate to ones beside us, in a bus, in a plane or standing in queue. In today’s world we communicate to friends from all over the world, 10,000 kilometers away and yet ignore the ones beside us… This world is truly an amazing place…. Or is it that we as humans have our needs and desires evolved or is constantly evolving as new technologies become available to us.

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SOS – A Tap Away

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SOS! Save Our Ship! Remember kids, this is the international Morse code distress signal used by Maritime people since I guess the 1900’s. On a basic view, it’s a short term for asking emergency help. With our fast phase world today, what could be the best way to send out an emergency call? You’ve been watching too much end-of-the-world movies lately, but have you ever think about a crisis plan incase something realistic happens?

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What Makes a Great App?

The usability of the app is what makes it. App development is not easy because people are very critical about what they dislike about an app. Developers have to be in tune with what people want while also balancing it with what the app needs to function. Something as simple as a menu button with too few options will kill an app.

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