I Seek Me on ICQ

Getting back onto ICQ was going to be such a non-event I’m only starting this now. I’ll get to why later.

After ringing a long time friend, Clarkey, who still had an active ICQ account, I quickly found my long lost ICQ Number which at 8 digits, holds some prestige (although I was quickly put in place, by new friends with even older account including a 6 digit).

Download the 2001b version (heard terrible reports about the new version) from Old Version. Again, no problems, installed quickly ran like a dream. C

Great. Sorted. UIN and Password. Fuck. Now I need my old password. What password was I using when I was 15? After failing to remember at all. It was onto the retrieval. Tried all my previous email accounts. Nothing.

Double checked my account in the people directory. Yep – I’m still there. OK, need another avenue.

According to my profile ID (again, spied through the glass of Clarkey’s ICQ list) the website I was working on at the time was Ex Industria. This quickly told me I was using the program later in life than I thought.

The site isn’t up. It’s been down and the URL doesn’t respond. But I know there must be contact details on that site.

Of course. Web Archive. Don’t fail me now. Success. Seems it was much later. Here we go. Let’s see if it accepts this address. Fingers Crossed. (Just made sure I still had access. Yay).

Fuck. Nothing. Not a god damn thing*

Options? Might need to contact ICQ. I’ll try again soon

*Aliens Quote

Jye Smith is currently Senior Vice President, Head of Strategy & Operations, Asia Pacific at Weber Shandwick. Ranked in B&Ts 30 Under 30, Jye a regular keynote speaker and workshop facilitator who specialises in digital and social media strategist.