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Monday, October 05, 2009

Product life cycle

I used to be an intensive user of MSN Messenger, some five-odd years ago. This morning I just signed on to see what was happening. Of my 49 contacts, exactly zero were online. A long column of red icons.

Nowadays I too hardly ever log on there -- there's just this one contact who insists on communicating via Messenger only (apart from email, that is). So I talk to her much less too, these days.

Wonder what happened, and why.


Anonymous Vivek said...

Gmail and Gtalk happened for me. But to some extent, messengers just dropped out as well. I rarely login even to Gtalk these days.

10/05/2009 9:21 AM  
Blogger Rahul Siddharthan said...

1. as Vivek says. And a lot of people seem to use facebook for messaging, too.

2. You're in a different timezone now, so maybe "this morning" you were out of sync with your remaining contacts?

I think it was a stroke of genius for Google to integrate talk with their webmail. That's probably why everyone switched -- that and the fact that their webmail was superior to everyone else's. Gtalk doesn't offer any features lacking elsewhere (well, except that it uses an open protocol -- jabber -- that third party programs can easily connect to, but few people care about that).

I think which IM program you use may also be a function of your social circles. 5 years ago, I kept reading that AIM was the market leader by far, dwarfing MSN and Yahoo (and Gtalk was then a newcomer), but I didn't know anyone who used AIM.

10/05/2009 11:33 AM  
Blogger Abi said...

1. What Rahul said.

2. Maybe this is some kind of a network effect -- in reverse?

10/05/2009 11:58 AM  
Blogger km said...

Let's not forget Skype happened too.

Rahul: IIRC, 5 years ago, America had already moved to Yahoo IM and MSN. AIM belonged to AOL users (aka The Newbies) and God forbid if a techie were to be caught using AIM in 2004 :)

Still remember many tech hiring managers turning up their noses if an prospective employee's resume had an AOL ID on it.

10/05/2009 10:17 PM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

many of my msn contacts are not on my gmail list! but i guess rahul is right about gmail+facebook.

agree about gmail. and also social circles - i downloaded aim only because i had this one contact who would use it.

(the timezone wouldn't have made that much of a difference - it was afternoon in the US.)

interesting, no?

possibly a classic fragmentation story. interesting, since these tools were supposed to bring people together.

i wonder what proportion of people let their fb accounts lie dormant for weeks at a stretch.

10/06/2009 7:45 AM  
Blogger gaddeswarup said...

Off topic question.
"interesting, no?"
Should it be 'yes'? I find that many here use 'yes' but many Indians seem to use 'no'. Which is correct?

10/08/2009 6:41 AM  
Blogger Rahul Siddharthan said...

gaddeswarup: the "correct" English would be "Interesting, isn't it?" (or, "Interesting, is it not?" though nobody talks like that any more). But "interesting, no?" is a common Indian usage. Some Europeans (Germans in particular) would say "interesting, yes?" but I haven't heard native speakers say that.

10/08/2009 9:06 AM  

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