The technology's success encouraged AOL to acquire Mirabilis on June 8, 1998, for 7 million up front and 0 million in additional payments over three years based on performance levels.
who also assumed the responsibility for all of AOL's messaging business in 2007, ICQ resumed its growth; it was not only a highly profitable company, but one of AOL's most successful businesses.
The founding company of ICQ, Mirabilis, was established in June 1996 by five Israelis: Yair Goldfinger, Sefi Vigiser, Amnon Amir, Arik Vardi, and Arik's father Yossi Vardi.
They recognized that many people were accessing the internet through non-UNIX operating systems, such as Microsoft Windows, and those users were unfamiliar with established chat technologies, e.g. The technology Mirabilis developed for ICQ was distributed free of charge.
Mobirise is perfect for non-techies who are not familiar with the intricacies of web development and for designers who prefer to work as visually as possible, without fighting with code.
Also great for pro-coders for fast prototyping and small customers' projects.
As such UINs that are stolen can sometimes be reclaimed.
At its peak around 2001, ICQ had more than 100 million accounts registered.Ownership of ICQ passed from Mirabilis to AOL in 1998, and from AOL to Mail. The ICQ client application and service were initially released in November 1996 and the client was freely available to download.Users could register an account and would be assigned a number, like a phone number, for others to be able to contact them (users could also provide handles).Unlike other instant messaging software or web applications, on ICQ the only permanent user info is the UIN, although it is possible to search for other users using their associated e-mail address or any other detail they have made public by updating it in their account's public profile.In addition the user can change all of his or her personal information, including screen name and e-mail address, without having to re-register.