Google Acquires Meebo!
It’s been crazy acquisition time over the past few months in the world of Technology. Talking of the big ones, Facebook acquired Instagram while Google’s acquisition deal of Motorola finally came to a successful close. Google has now acquired yet another company that goes by the name Meebo. Meebo initially started its life as instant messaging application and many of you might have used it because it was one of the few famous browser based chat applications. Since then, the company has expanded into social messaging on websites and advertising.
In a blog post earlier today, people at Meebo told the world about the acquisition. Here is what they wrote in the blog post:
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.
We’ve had a blast building Meebo so far and we’re really excited to start the next leg of our journey.
Thank you all for coming along for the ride!
It is expected that the acquisition is more or less to make Google’s social presence strong. After a string of failures at Social Networking that began with Orkut, moved on to Google Wave and finally Google Buzz failed, Google+ gave Google some kind of stand in the social networking world. The number of Google+ users blasted in the early days of its release. Even though many have stayed, Facebook and Twitter still continue to be the all time favourite social networking websites of the world. It is expected that the Meebo team will be working along the Google+ team to bring about some innovative changes to the social networking site as well as give Google the authority to use Meebo’s already built tools.
Google’s acquisition of Meebo is tagged at $100million.
What changes does acquiring Meebo brings about to Google+ remains to be seen.