Meebo Adds Facebook and MySpace IM

December 19th, 2008 at 12:00 am


Web based chat Meebo has added two new instant messaging services to their product.  Meebo announced that Facebook IM and Myspace IM will now be available on their service.  This adds to their impressive lineup of instant messaging services like Google Talk, AIM, Yahoo Messenger, ICQ and Windows Live Messenger.

"Today’s announcement reflects Meebo’s long-time goal of offering open access to all IM and social-networking users, as well as providing them with the best IM experience possible," co-founder and CEO Seth Sternberg said in a release. "People have friends across a variety of different social networks, and Meebo is a place where they can come for real-time social interactions with these friends, at any time."

Although MySpace and Facebook have launched their instant messagiong services earlier, it hasn’t really clicked.  People are still using Google, Yahoo, AOL or Microsoft for chatting adn the social networked based instant messengers are there for secondary purposes only.  However the addition of Facebook and Myspace IM’s to Meebo will benefit the social networks’ services as much as Meebo’s.

However, Meebo is not the first universal instant messaging platform to support Facebook and/or MySpace.  A number of IM clients like Trillian, Digsby and Arium already support the social networks’ chat services.  Although it seems that Meebo is the first web based universal chat client to include the social networks.

So, will you now be using Meebo to integrate all your IM’s.  Personally it does seem to be a sound proposal.