You could game it to prompt your crush into talking with you.
By quickly switching your status from Online to Appear Offline and back again would send a pop-up notification to all of your online contacts, including your crush. Messenger wasn't just about keeping a single conversation going, oh no.
You wouldn't know straight away, but as soon as you found at, that was it, the pit in the stomach, the hot sweats, the "Muuuuuuuum, I'm too ill to go to school" efforts.12.
Fun, yes, but you could use it to wind up your mates too, waiting for them to nip off to the loo before gleefully setting the kissy lips emoji to automatically send every time they tried to throw a cool, nonchalant "Hey" to that one they fancied.11.
THE FEAR OF WHO WAS REALLY READING YOUR MESSAGES on MSN Messenger only to realise that they had four of their mates sat around snickering at your teenage angst filled proclamations of affection.
Sure, Messenger also let you set your status to In a Call or Out to Lunch, but you were 13, you were just too embarrassed to chat to that one you had that awkward kiss with.4.
LOGGING IN & OUT SO YOUR CRUSH GOT A NOTIFICATIONThis Appear Offline feature had another use too.
RUSHING HOME FROM SCHOOL TO TALK TO THE PEOPLE YOU SPENT ALL DAY WITHYou spent six hours a day with your mates at school, but would always quickly rush home after the final bell to talk to them online. Well because you'd never managed to make plans for that evening's kickabout or general dossing about beyond the daily "meet you online at 4? This was the dawn of simple, speedy communication that your parents couldn't eavesdrop on.8.
NUDGING NIGHTMARESLong before the Facebook 'Poke', there was the MSN Messenger 'Nudge', and boy was it annoying.
Believing someone was offline only to find out they'd just been chatting to your bezzie meant just one thing – you'd been blocked. Nothing could quite match the excitement of opening up a chat window to message your secret (not so secret, everyone knew) crush, only to see those three magical words that gave you hope that they actually liked you too – "Contact is typing…" Eek. We still don't know and are haunted to this day by the mystery.15.
While checking with a mate to see if a suspected blocker was actually online was embarrassing enough sign of self-indulgent paranoia, it had nothing on being added to a group chat with someone you'd just blocked.13. Being able to see when someone was typing a message filled you with an excitement unparalleled to this day. 30 seconds of excitedly watching that 'Contact is typing…' message and then… INSTALLING MSN MESSENGER ON A SCHOOL COMPUTERIt was the ultimate sign of schoolyard rebellion, and one that would earn you maximum props amongst your peers.
'BRB', or 'Be right back' as it meant in long form was perhaps the abbreviation thrown down the most and one we want to see brought back into daily life.