ICQ was established in June 1996 under the name Mirabilis. The founders were four young avid-computer users in their twenties - Yair Goldfinger, Arik Vardi, Sefi Vigiser and Amnon Amir.
They had realized that people were connected to the Internet, but not interconnected. Instant messaging was the missing link, a technology that made peer-to-peer communication possible. The following year the young company took the internet by storm.
The idea was simple. Yet, by the time ICQ
was released it was an instant success that answered the needs of the internet users.
In 1998, after two years of amazing growth, ICQ was acquired by AOL LLC.