Google buys Meebo for social sharing and chat

Jun 4, 2012
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Google buys Meebo for social sharing and chat

This week Google has purchased another company, this time a social platform by the name of Meebo. This group is a cloud-centric instant messaging group that has been in the works since 2005. This group has several integrated features that Google may want to integrate into their own ecosystem, one of them being the Meebo Bar, an element which allows users chat with one another in a bar that sits above a variety of webpages without any effort from the website itself.

The folks at Meebo have written a blog post noting that they're extremely excited to start work with Google to bring on a new age of excellence: "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." Google also let it be known today in a series of statements that they'll be integrating the Meebo team directly into Google+.

This addition of the Meebo team to the social network headed by Google will likely result in a new way for users to chat with one another or will enhance what Google+ already has in place for person to person video chat. This company purchase comes with Google excited at the prospect of "working with the Meebo team to create more ways for users to engage online." An acquisition price has not yet been announced.

[via Meebo]


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