ICQ: 102239023


Kevin Driscoll sporting his IRC #

At the first monthly Internet Superhighway event Kevin Driscoll sported this name tag with his ICQ #.  I was browsing through photos of the event and I was inspired to look up my oh-so-historic ICQ#.

Christina Xu (also the photographer of the above photo) is writing her thesis on the history of instant messengers.  That has to have influenced my desire as well.

I needed to figure out my ICQ#, so I went to check out the ICQ.com.  I haven’t been here in ages.  But I started searching for my #, aaaaaand unfortunately didn’t find anything. :(

So instead I started thinking back to when I first got an ICQ number.  I had one or two before one stuck in, I think, 7th grade.  I can recall one occasion in 9th grade where I had the # memorized and was giving it out.  And if I had the number memorized once?  Perhaps I could recall it.

I knew that it started with 10, then 22, and had a 23 at the end.  Figuring out from ICQ that #’s back in the day had 9 digits, I had but to figure out the other 3 digits, and their order.  Amazingly enough, it came to me: 102239023.  I even remembered my password.

If you are still rocking ICQ via Pidgin or other multi-protocol clikent please feel free to add me!

It’s over. Give up.
The Woman Who Build Herself A Toilet


  1. Christina

    November 1, 2008 @ 12:46 pm


    I’m so impressed. I’ve been trying for years to remember my ICQ number, but since the password is also a factor…=( =( =(

  2. Kevin

    November 3, 2008 @ 11:35 pm


    I have to admit that I fabricated that number. I had the same experience with ICQ and used it a ton from 1997-1998.

    Incidentally, I ALSO memorized my CompuServe ID from 1993-1995 before they permitted alphanumeric usernames. I think think think it was 798367,161.

  3. Kevin N

    November 24, 2008 @ 4:58 pm


    I looking for namebages I can make for icq and found your page. I started using ICQ back in 97 I believe. Tho I can say I remembered my number still to this day because I still use ICQ. 1598245 is the number.

  4. Nekromanser

    July 3, 2009 @ 2:03 am


    Intresting arcticle!!! But I not found password of my ICQ number :( :( :(