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Google acquires the social chat service Meebo to leverage G+

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Google acquires the social chat service Meebo to leverage G+
The chat service Meebo confirmed at its blog that Google has bought it outright, presumably for improving features of G+, as insiders suggest. 

Meebo has been around for a while as a web-based instant messaging client, and has the Meebo Bar, which overlays sites that users visit with social sharing and instant messaging capabilities.

The company also lets users create their own profiles, so they can get customized recommendations and targeted ads, just the way Google likes it. The rumored acquisition price is in the realm of $100 million, which, if true, would mean about a dollar per active user of the Meebo services.

source: Meebo

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posted on 05 Jun 2012, 04:55 2

1. rudlie (Posts: 182; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


google acquired meebo just because google's engineers can not build chat application like facebook chat did? what a pity!

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 05:06 6

2. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Facebook chat used to suck until recently

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 11:11

9. rudlie (Posts: 182; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


You're right. Google engineers even can not build another suck one hahaha

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 09:48 5

8. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 829; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


Google bought it probably because the way they need to do it is already patented, so to buy a company with that patent adds to what they were trying to achieve with a user base already in place a triple win situation!

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 07:02 1

4. dcgore (Posts: 201; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)


Google strategy on social: buy everything in sight. Maybe they'll dominate then.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 08:51

6. QinEmpire (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Buy everything in sight and bankrupt.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 08:38 1

5. QinEmpire (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Now its time for Meebo to become a ghost town like G+

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 09:38

7. jibraihimi (Posts: 646; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


What's is this acquiring Mania from Google and facebook about..........??? They are acquiring every company in their sight, can't they develop those features on their own............????

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 11:51 2

10. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 618; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Shut up morons, Apple does it, MS does it...it's the way business is done these days. So many already developed tech out there and to acquire it quickly just buy the company that has what you need out for a handsome sum and then integrate it. I notice that this comment section is littered with names I never seen before, must be the 1% of trolls that hide under the bridges around PA. Google is building it's own business which will most likely be a manufacturer/OS/supplier, since carriers like to screw us Google might be able to get their foot in and allow us to have something different to choose from yes? Perhaps bring your own phone to their service, yes?

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 17:23

11. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


agree with you. +1 sir.

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