ICQ as a P2P Pioneer
Yossi was at the P2P Conference this week, and he showed me the original ICQ press release from back in November 1996. The headline: "MIRABILIS LTD. PROVIDES NEW SOLUTIONS FOR PEER-TO-PEER INTERNET COMMUNICATIONS."
The press release does use a lot of client-server language rather than the p2p terminology we've all been slinging around since Napster. Peer-to-peer seems to be used mainly as a term to describe the interaction between users. But Yossi points out that even in its first release, ICQ used an approach that offloaded a lot of the work onto the clients, allowing them to support 500,000 simultaneous connections on a small number of low-powered boxes. I'd love to see more detail on this from someone at ICQ.
Yossi, always the ICQ evangelist (even though he long ago sold the company to AOL) also showed me that google comes up with 6 million hits for ICQ, vs. only 1.5 million for Madonna.
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