When I started to use the internet in the late 1990s, I also signed up to the Yahoo messenger. It was an easy way to find like-minded people (and attractive girls) before the time of Facebook or Couchsurfing and I made a few friends there whom I later met in real life.
At times, it was nice to go online and see somebody with whom I could chat away the night instead of studying property law. At other times, the constant bleeping and messaging was a nuisance. But always somebody was there. Even if it was 0300 at home, in some distant time zone somebody was awake.
Now when I sign in on my Yahoo messenger, it looks like this:
Another sign of how relentlessly life moves on. And yes, I know that people use Skype now.
“andreas_lawyer” on both Skype and Yahoo IM