Popular messaging app imo.im has abruptly announced that it will stop supporting other third party messaging services from March 3 to focus on building its own messaging platform.
imo.im is a popular service for those who want to have an aggregated experience of different messaging apps from different services. imo.im has sent this message to its users in email today:
We originally launched imo as a browser based messaging service to manage all of your IM accounts. Since then we have also developed apps for Android, iPhone, iPad and Amazon. To provide the best and most reliable service for our users, we need to focus on the areas we feel we can make the biggest impact. We are now going to concentrate on building out our own communications platform to help people easily connect in their everyday lives. Our goal is to create the fastest and most reliable messaging, voice and video call service in the world.
On March 3, 2014, we will start discontinuing support for all third-party instant messaging networks. We know change isn’t always easy, but we hope our users will trust that this will make imo an even better service.
imo.im has over 10 million users who can message from within this app even if they want to use services like Yahoo Messenger, ICQ, Google TAlk, Facebook Chat, AIM, Steam and Jabber.
imo.im has been recently focusing on integrating more users into its own platform that offers free video calling too.
The users from other third party messaging networks can download their chat history from o.imo.im until March 7.
It appears that imo.im is fancying its potential after the recent acquisition of WhatsApp by Facebook for $19 billion. imo.im is quite popular in Europe where Facebook is not as popular as it is in the United States.