An homage to MSN Messenger, and simpler times

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A simpler messaging landscape.
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Put down your Tiktoks and Snapchats, and pull up a chair young whippersnappers. I'm going to tell you about a golden age of internet connectivity, before the era of fake news, 24/7 social media addiction, and clout chasing. An era of simplicity and innocence, where many youngsters in the 90s would turn their gaze to an inter-connected future, and see hope, rather than doom.
For many, this late 90s early 00s era of internet communication was dominated by a single platform, known as MSN Messenger, and later Windows Live Messenger. This simple, but intuitive messaging platform served 300 million users per month at its peak, only to eventually be cannibalized in Microsoft's big Skype acquisition, and summarily die alongside Microsoft's other consumer-oriented messaging efforts. Given how social media has evolved, maybe that's a good thing for Microsoft, but that's a whole other story.
Here's a short tribute to MSN Messenger, oft-known as simply "MSN" by users, in memoriam of the young internet.

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