ICQ Celebrates 100 Million Registered Users

May 9, 2001

Every Second a New Registrant Signs Up For ICQ Averaging More Than 100,000 New Registrants Daily

DULLES, VA, May 9, 2001 -- ICQ ("I Seek You"), the world's most popular online communications community and international service from America Online, Inc., today announced that it has reached 100 million registered users worldwide. The number of registered users has grown rapidly from zero to 100 million in just over four years, all through viral marketing and word-of-mouth. ICQ attributes its explosive growth and success to several factors, including its pioneering role in offering the first Internet instant messaging software, its heritage of offering consumers the most communications features, and maintaining a unique experience for its users. Since its acquisition by America Online in 1998, ICQ's user base has grown ten times while the company has continually expanded and improved its product offering always with the needs and desires of the ICQ user community at the center. "What makes ICQ unique is that it has fostered a strong, vast, international community of people who are enthusiastic about what the Web has to offer - with the key being tuning-in to how people want to communicate," said Ariel Yarnitsky, co-general manager of ICQ. "ICQ has done an extraordinary job of delivering innovative services and technologies people want and packaging them in a fun, easy-to-use environment. We've built a solid product that appeals to a worldwide audience, and continue to enhance and evolve ICQ's functionalities as our user base continues to grow." "ICQ's unprecedented growth attests to how integral it has become to so many people's lives," said ICQ founders Sefi Vigiser, Arik Vardi and Yair Goldfinger. "We are thrilled with ICQ's success and wish to extend our gratitude to all of the people and users who have helped establish ICQ as the biggest and best online communication community in the world." ICQ FACTS Ç More than 10 million ICQ users login every day Ç On days when connected to ICQ, users spend an average of 3 hours on the service Ç 100,000 new users join ICQ every day on average Ç ICQ is available on the desktop, as well as via PDA's and cellular phones Ç In addition to instant messaging ICQ also offers ICQmail, ICQphone, ICQ Groups, ICQ Surf, ICQ White Pages and more Ç ICQ was the first service on the Internet to reach 1 billion monthly usage hours (January 2001) Ç ICQ consistently maintains its rating as the most downloaded program on CNET's download.com, with nearly 150 million total downloads

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