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A Brief History of Chat Services

From way back in 1973, to the present day


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Talkomatic Protocol: Own


TERM-talk Protocol: Own
1973

Unix Talk Protocol: Talk


1983

Talker Protocol: Telnet


1984

IRC Protocol: IRC


1988

EFNet Protocol: IRC


Ytalk Protocol: Talk +
1990

UnderNet Protocol: IRC


1992

DALnet Protocol: IRC


1994

Freenode Protocol: IRC


1995

ICQ Protocol: Own Sold to AOL

Sold to mail.ru

IRCnet Protocol: IRC


1996

52% US use AIM

AIM Protocol: Oscar


1997

Usage decline

IBM Sametime Based on Databeam and Ubique


QuakeNet Protocol: IRC
Interoperable with MSN

Yahoo! Messenger Protocol: YMSG

1998

Jabber Protocol: XMPP

End MSN interop


Cisco buys Jabber XCP

MSN Messenger Protocol: MSNP


QQ (by Tencent) Protocol: Own

1999

Rizon Protocol: IRC

2002

Skype Protocol: Own

2003

Sold to eBay

Sold to Microsoft

Protocol: MSNP

Mail.ru Protocol: ICQ/Oscar

2004

Google Talk Protocol: XMPP

2005

Blackberry Messenger Protocol: Own


Campfire Protocol: Own

2006

37signals rebrands, signups close

Signups reopen

GroupSwim Proto: Own

2007

. Protocol: XMPP
Unison Protocol: Own

2008

Salesforce acquires GroupSwim, renames it Chatter


WhatsApp Protocol: XMPP w/extensions

2009

Sold to Facebook Protocol: Own

Flowdock Protocol: Own

Sold to Rally Software

HipChat Protocol: XMPP w/extensions

Sold to CA

Sold to Atlassian

Viber Protocol: Own

2010

Facebook Messenger Protocol: Own


Hall Protocol: Own

Sold to Atlassian

iMessage Protocol: Own


Line Protocol: Own
Microsoft Lync Protocol: Own, Microsoft Lync Server, Lync Online
MoMo Protocol: Own
WeChat (by Tencent) Protocol: Own

2011

Chatwork Protocol: Own


Shifts to team chat Protocol: Own

Quip
Wire Protocol: Own
Zulip (Closed ) Protocol: Own

2012

Sold to Dropbox

Cotap Protocol: Own


Fleep Protocol: Own
Glip Protocol: Own

Sold to RingCentral
Google Hangouts Chat

Google+ Hangouts Protocol: Own


Intellinote Protocol: Own
Kato Protocol: Own
Laiwang by Alibaba Protocol: Own
Moxtra Protocol: Own
Pie Protocol: Own
Slack Protocol: Own
Talk.co (branchout pivot)
Telegram Protocol: MTProto
Yixin (by China Telecom) Protocol: Own

2013

Chapp Protocol: Own


ChatGrape Protocol: Own
Circuit by Unify Protocol: Own
Cisco Spark Protocol: Own
Evernote Work Chat Protocol: Own
Flock Protocol: Own
Gitter Protocol: FAYE
Jandi Protocol: Own
Mez Protocol: Own
Talko Protocol: Own
Teamchat Protocol: Own
Tribecube Protocol: Own

2014

Facebook at Work Protocol: Own


Jive Chime Protocol: Own
Mattermost Protocol: Own
Rocket.chat Protocol: Own
Ryver Protocol: XMPP
Symphony Protocol: Own

2015