Acquisitions

Google Officially Acquiring Meebo

The Meebo team heads to Google+.
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Elaine Wherry, Meebo’s cofounder (meebo.com)

Remember Meebo, the online tool that allows you to chat via various services like AIM, Yahoo and IRC, all through your browser? As long as your high school’s IT guy wasn’t very hip, it was the perfect solution to the fact that they always managed to block AIM. Well today, Meebo announced that Google has agreed to acquire it.

According to the Meebo blog:

We are happy to announce that Meebo has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Google!

For more than seven years we’ve been helping publishers find deeper relationships with their users and to make their sites more social and engaging. 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.

According to a statement given to The Next Web by Google, the Meebo folks will be joining the Google+ team in Mountain View.

Meebo has seen stagnated growth since the expanding dominance of chat programs like Gchat and Skype, and failed to monetize its instant messaging products, leading to a pivot to a social sharing bar back in 2009.

The company did not disclose an acquisition price, but rumors from last month said it would be a $100 million deal.

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