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Google Acquires Instant Messaging Company Meebo to Bolster Google+

There have been rumors of Google acquiring social-messaging company Meebo going on for a few weeks now and today the two companies made it official. Meebo started off doing instant messaging before everyone had an IM client and has since changed into multiple apps, like their toolbar or advertising, all with social in mind. Now that Google has purchased them, they plan on folding them into their own social network, Google+:

We are always looking for better ways to help users share content and connect with others across the web, just as they do in real life. With the Meebo team’s expertise in social publisher tools, we believe they will be a great fit with the Google+ team. We look forward to closing the transaction and working with the Meebo team to create more ways for users to engage online.

Google hasn’t come out and said how much Meebo cost to acquire, but they are clearly dedicated to making their social network as good as possible.

Via: The Next Web

  • edmicman

    Now just consolidate Messenger and Google Talk, make a desktop client (that can talk to the mobile client) and support group chat (actual chat rooms would be even better!).

    Although I don’t know why they’d need Meebo to do any of that.

    Oh, and if we’re making a grand wish list I want to merge the stock Android text messaging app with G+ Messenger. So if I text someone with G+ it will automatically go via G+ Messenger, and let me kick off facetime^w video chats directly from there, too.

  • jclokwork

    Messenger, hangouts, google talk. I have an issue with all of that separation.

  • KRS_Won

    Does AOL exist anymore?

    • It does. Still on the same servers as ICQ, and with the same level of interoperability. (AIM and ICQ use the same protocol.)

  • Well, I honestly don’t even remember anything called “meebo”. (Note: I’m relatively new on the Internet, been only using it regularly since 1990.) Was it some “mostly US” service?

    As for this acquisition… I don’t know. Google+ is struggling a lot, and it’s important for Google in terms of building a better data collection tool. So, I guess, they’re trying everything to help it?

    Google+ still feels like a social network for nerds.

    • Enigma9119

      Have you actually used google+? They show that they care about their users and are constantly looking to improve user experience. The new look on smartphones and tablets is really sexy and EXTREMELY easy to use (unlike the facebook app which sucks). Facebook (though I use it) doesn’t even seem like they are doing anything except making their privacy policy worse. The only reason people don’t use google+ is because it’s very difficult to transition when you have so much on one platform already. Also, people think “if I switch over to google+, my friends are still on facebook. what do I do? don’t switch”. This is even though Google+ is WAYY better than Facebook.

      • Yes, I constantly use Google+. I have it open 24/7, and I post there every once in a while. Feel free to say that I have never used it, though, because that would make my points much less valid.

        It as a lot of issues, including certain design flaws. One of the developers even explained those flaws in a blog post (you probably missed it, it was shortly after the release).

        Also, the new web interface Google+ provides is a pain on larger monitors. It looks ugly if your browser window is more than 1024 and less than 1300 pixels wide. It also looks ugly if it’s wider than ≈1450 pixels or so (maximised on a full HD display). In both cases you get a retarded empty area to the right.

        • l k

          Looks good on my 46 inch TV, phone and tablet. At first I thought what the hell is Google thinking, but then after the mobile redesign I tried G+ on all of my devices. I think ive posted more on G+ in recently than I did on facebook for the last half year.

  • What does this mean for google talk? I am a big user of gtalk just wish they can integrate with other google services

    • FknTwizted

      its probably software or patents they want. its not necessarily always going to use the app itself.

  • ChrisTraeger1

    Ah good old meebo. I remember them days

  • FknTwizted

    ddevito were you left at the alter of apple and wish you would have listen to the of your friends that she was going to leave you there by a hunk of awesomeness know as android?

  • ddevito

    yeah how’s that Kevin Rose acquisition working out for ya Google?

    What a waste

  • ddevito

    The more Google pushes G+ the more I export my data away from them

    • TheWhiteLotus

      Why? This is simply improving their service. I don’t understand all the mindless hate for Google+.

      • ddevito

        how does this improve something that they already had? INstead of buying a company they didn’t need to buy they should think about streamlining their communication services.

        Google Talk
        Google Voice
        Google+ Messenger

        What a mess

        • Tristan Cunha

          Google+ has actually done a lot to streamline gmail and voice, once circles are setup it’s a lot easier to manage connections in both of those. And to see activity and share with those people too.

          I’ll admit I don’t understand why talk and messenger are different, combing those two would seem to make sense.

          I can’t say I’ve ever used or even heard of meebo, but if they have some good tech that can get rolled up in to google+ (or any of their other services) I don’t see the problem with that.

          • ddevito

            GMail and Voice are far from streamlined – only your contacts – which are saved in your overall Google account anyway – are synced.

            Meebo is a has-been, and frankly Google isn’t far behind

          • jclokwork

            google? a has-been? either you didn’t put a lot of thought into that post or you didn’t put a lot of thought into that post.

  • Google+ = Fail

    • TheWhiteLotus

      Not really though

    • ChrisTraeger1

      cool joke bro