was the Israeli
company that produced ICQ
("I seek you"), which in the 1990s was the most popular form of Instant Messenger. Mirabilis was founded in 1996
, and was purchased by AOL less than two years later.
AOL ran ICQ and AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) as independent products, which helped to create an illusion of a competetive marketplace. Eventually AIM and ICQ were merged, beginning in roughly 2001.