I’ve been on the instant messaging service ICQ daily since 1997. Last week, though, my entry in some database apparently got screwed up, so my password no longer works and I can’t get the retrieval mechanism to send me a new one. Looking through my contact list I then realised that I hardly ever use ICQ anymore, because almost everybody I chat to is on MSN. (I hadn’t noticed since I use client software that handles several different messaging protocols transparently.) So I’ve decided to simply say goodbye to ICQ. Anybody who wants to get in touch should be able to find me anyway, for instance on Google Talk which comes with every gmail adress.