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Mirabilis was the name of the Israeli company that produced ICQ, a popular instant messenger. Mirabilis was founded in 1996 by the four Israelis Arik Vardi, Yair Goldfinger (a distant relation of the James Bond villain), Sefi Vigiser and Amnon Amir, and was purchased by AOL less than two years later. ICQ is an instant messaging computer program, owned by Time Warners AOL subsidiary. ... A screenshot of PowWow, one of the first instant messengers with a graphical user interface An instant messenger is a client which allows instant text communication between two or more people through a network such as the Internet. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ...


Funding for Mirabilis came from Yossi Vardi, the father of founder Arik Vardi, and other investors. A businessman, the elder Vardi funded Mirabilis when no others would. He travelled frequently promoting Mirabilis and was known for publicly stating the company's revenue goal was zero. Yossi Vardi in 2005 Yossi Vardi is one of Israels early tech entrepreneurs. ... Mirabilis was the name of the Israeli company that produced ICQ (I seek you), which in the 1990s was the most popular form of Instant Messenger. ...


ICQ grew virally as friends would encourage their friends to join so they could communicate to each other. This established a powerful network effect as prospective users strongly preferred the system where their friends were likely to be. ICQ is an instant messaging computer program, owned by Time Warners AOL subsidiary. ... A network effect is a characteristic that causes a good or service to have a value to a potential customer which depends on the number of other customers who own the good or are users of the service. ...


Despite Mirabilis having no revenue, AOL paid over $240 million in cash (and $400 million overall) to buy it on June 8 1998. AOL ran ICQ and AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) as independent products, which helped to create an illusion of a competitive marketplace. Mirabilis is now owned by Time Warner. ICQ is an instant messaging computer program, owned by Time Warners AOL subsidiary. ... AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) is an advertisement-supported proprietary freeware instant messaging and presence computer program which uses the OSCAR instant messaging protocol and the TOC protocol. ... Time Warner Inc. ...


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Mirabilis (company) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (192 words)
Mirabilis was the name of the Israeli company that produced ICQ, a popular instant messenger.
Mirabilis was founded in 1996 by the four Israelis Arik Vardi, Yair Goldfinger, Sefi Vigiser and Amnon Amir, and was purchased by AOL less than two years later.
Funding for Mirabilis came from Yossi Vardi, the father of founder Arik Vardi.
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