Guys, Google has agreed to buy the online messaging firm Meebo. Meebo verified the news yesterday in a post on the company blog:
We are happy to announce that Meebo has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Google!
For more than seven years, we’ve been helping publishers find deeper relationships with their users and to make their sites more social and engaging. Together with Google, we’re super jazzed to roll up our sleeves and get cracking on even bigger and better ways to help users and website owners alike.
We’ve had a blast building Meebo so far and we’re really excited to start the next leg of our journey.
Thank you all for coming along for the ride!
Meebo started in 2005 as a web-based instant messenger supporting Yahoo! Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, AIM, Facebook Chat, Google Talk, and others. The service extended to mobile apps, featuring multi-user chat rooms, a content aggregator, and the ability for users to check-in and share media across popular social networks.
Google’s plan for a $100M Meebo isn’t yet clear, we all know that aside from Google+ chat feature; Google has a built-in messenger inside Gmail. Could it be the Meebo Bar? Meebo launched this bar for publishers to add a persistent social sharing and advertising overlay on their sites.