At the first monthly Internet Superhighway event Kevin Driscoll sported this name tag with his ICQ #. I was browsing through photos of the event and I was inspired to look up my oh-so-historic ICQ#.
Christina Xu (also the photographer of the above photo) is writing her thesis on the history of instant messengers. That has to have influenced my desire as well.
I needed to figure out my ICQ#, so I went to check out the ICQ.com. I haven’t been here in ages. But I started searching for my #, aaaaaand unfortunately didn’t find anything. :(
So instead I started thinking back to when I first got an ICQ number. I had one or two before one stuck in, I think, 7th grade. I can recall one occasion in 9th grade where I had the # memorized and was giving it out. And if I had the number memorized once? Perhaps I could recall it.
I knew that it started with 10, then 22, and had a 23 at the end. Figuring out from ICQ that #’s back in the day had 9 digits, I had but to figure out the other 3 digits, and their order. Amazingly enough, it came to me: 102239023. I even remembered my password.
If you are still rocking ICQ via Pidgin or other multi-protocol clikent please feel free to add me!