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ICQ

The granddaddy of all instant messaging programs is ICQ. (Say it out loud—it stands for “I seek you.”) ICQ was birthed by a company named Mirabilis back in 1996, but was purchased by America Online in 1998. Today, AOL maintains ICQ and AIM as separate programs—so separate that ICQ users can’t talk to AIM users, or vice versa.

Downloading and Installing ICQ

Like AIM and most other instant messaging programs, ICQ is available free of charge. To download and install a copy of ICQ, follow these instructions:


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