Saturday, May 12, 2012

Google In Talks To Buy Meebo For $100 Million

Meebo began life in 2005 as a browser-based instant message app and since then has morphed through several iterations, offering products like smartphone IM apps, a content sharing bar for websites, chat rooms, and most recently a service that recommends stories based on an "interest profile" you build up by clicking a custom bookmarklet. One of those many products or, just as likely, the team that built them seems to appeal to Google, as All Things D reports that the search giant is in talks to acquire Meebo. Apparently the price is said to be a cool $100 million, though neither company is commenting on the rumored deal. If the buyout goes through, we suspect the users of Meebo's free IM apps on smartphones will want to consider switching to another app acquisitions have a way of shortening the shelf life of products that duplicate the functionality of the parent company's own apps.

About Meebo

As you browse the Web, collect the stories you find interesting using a simple bookmarklet.  As Meebo gets to know you, we will recommend things you may have missed.  Over time, Meebo will organize all of the stories you’ve shared into topics for others to find and enjoy.
Founded in 2005, we’re a consumer internet company focused on helping people build their own web experiences around the things that interest them the most. Meebo also creates unique Web experiences for sites and advertisers to help drive engagement through the Meebo Bar.
Meebo is privately held and is headquartered in Mountain View, California, with offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, and New York.

Check out the Meebo official website.

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