At one time, back in 2001, Odigo offered multi-protocol connectivity and features that haven’t been matched today. The interface was quirky and fun, with an innovative “radar” interface that let you discover other people with similar interests who were also online.
Odigo was skinnable to express your personality, brandable through a partner program, and one of the first applications to incorporate a mood indicator.
In May 2002, Comverse acquired Odigo for $20 million.
Up until about 2004, Odigo provided connectivity with ICQ, AIM, Yahoo! Messenger and MSN Messenger (now known as Windows Live Messenger, or just WLM). Comverse had other ideas for Odigo, and maintaining an advertiser-supported public IM program was not part of their plan. Beginning in August of 2004, the Odigo network began experiencing connectivity problems.
First to go was the multi-network connectivity with AIM, ICQ, et. al.
Finally in April 2006, Odigo breathed its last gasp.
Odigo was an interesting, innovative product. In some ways, way ahead of its time.