First it mostly did away with brick-and-mortar auction houses. Then newspaper classifieds went the way of the Model-T Ford.
And now, thanks to the ubiquity of e-mail and instant messaging, Western Union is getting out of the telegram business, reports LiveScience.
That's like General Motors getting out of the car business. Or AT&T getting out of the phone business.
Well, in any case, after 145 years, Western Union finally decided its little telegram experiment was a dud.
"Effective January 27, 2006, Western Union will discontinue all Telegram and Commercial Messaging services," the company said on its Web site.