Google acquires the social chat service Meebo to leverage G+

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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10 Comments

1. rudlie

Posts: 205; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

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

2. thelegend6657 unregistered

Facebook chat used to suck until recently

9. rudlie

Posts: 205; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

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

8. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1457; Member since: Mar 09, 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!

4. dcgore

Posts: 234; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

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

6. QinEmpire

Posts: 145; Member since: May 16, 2012

Buy everything in sight and bankrupt.

5. QinEmpire

Posts: 145; Member since: May 16, 2012

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

7. jibraihimi

Posts: 800; Member since: Nov 29, 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............????

10. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 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?

11. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

agree with you. +1 sir.

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