Instant messaging turned social sharing company Meebo has been acquired by Google. While the financial details of the deal weren't disclosed, a report from TechCrunch pegs the price at $100 million, which is the same price rumored earlier this month. As part of the deal, Google said that Meebo's product team will be joining the Google+ team to use their expertise to build publisher tools for Google+, although there was no further information on these publisher tools. It said: We are always looking for better ways to help users share content and connect with others across the web, just as they do in real life. With the Meebo team’s expertise in social publisher tools, we believe they will be a great fit with the Google+ team. We look forward to closing the transaction and working with the Meebo team to create more ways for users to engage online. Launched in 2005, Meebo started off as a web based IM client which allowed users to chat across multiple IM services like Google Talk, Yahoo Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, AIM, ICQ and Facebook Chat. It then expanded its offerings by launching a flash-chat widget MeeboMe, a branded embeddable chat box Meebo Rooms (now defunct) and mobile apps on iPhone, Android and BlackBerry platform. Meebo Bar: In 2009, the company launched a social toolbar Meebo bar which allowed publishers to engage with their audience and users to chat with their friends on websites. This bar also offered a persistent ad placement for advertisers, therefore doubling up as an advertising platform. The company had…
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