As of 2013, around half of ICQ’s users were using its mobile apps, and in 2014, the number of users began growing for the first time since the purchase.According to security analyst Jeffrey Carr, use of ICQ may cause security problems because it was purchased by Russian investment company Digital Sky Technologies.The UIN was invented by Mirabilis, as the user name assigned to each user upon registration.
Hopefully in time, I may be able to resurrect the old Word Press site so that you can login and locate your old friends.
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.
At its peak around 2001, ICQ had more than 100 million accounts registered.
Also, users can choose and select their own avatar for their profile page. ICQ users are identified and distinguished from one another by UIN, or User Identification Numbers, distributed in sequential order.
Public areas may include your user profile (depending on the level of your privacy settings) any blogs, message boards, forums or similar services made available through the ICQ Services. The web page no longer functions, giving "Invalid ICQ UIN, email address, or password. AOL pursued an aggressive policy regarding alternative ("unauthorized") ICQ clients.