Meaning of ICQ

What is ICQ?

ICQ is an instant communication program, the pioneer of such programs on the Internet.

ICQ is a reduction of the English pronunciation of the letters I (ai), C (si), Q (kiu), forming the phrase “I seek you”.
In 1996, Israeli youth Yair Goldfinger, Arik Vardi, Sefi Vigiser and Amnon Amir wanted to create a new form of Internet communication for the Windows operating system.

They then developed instant messaging software that became a leader in the years to come, winning several awards. Through ICQ, users could chat with people from around the world.

Using ICQ is very simple. With the software installed, the user obtains the UIN, a Unique Identification Number that identifies it in the network (also called ICQ Number). You can add other ICQ users through UIN or search for specific features.

Because of the entry into the market of several other instant messaging software similar to ICQ (such as mIRC, MSN Messenger, Google Talk, Skype, Jabber, Meebo, etc.), but mainly due to the strong competition of MSN Messenger, ICQ ended up losing many users.

However, it is still active with mobile versions, games and other innovative applications for users.

Other Meanings of ICQ

Acronym Definition
ICQ I Seek You
ICQ Individual Census Questionnaire
ICQ Infant Characteristic Questionnaire
ICQ Installation Commander’s Quarters
ICQ Internal Control Questionnaire
ICQ International Comet Quarterly
ICQ International Country Quartet
ICQ Internet Chat Query