We’ve caught rumor of a new Meebo competitor in the web IM space called Wablet. Development is underway in both San Francisco and the Philippines. Reader Mike Abundo, a tech writer from the Philippines, claimed it was going to blow away Meebo in a comment responding to our coverage of the new Meebome offering last week. Aiming to create “a highly scalable next generation instant messaging and communications platform,” the company was hiring a senior web developer and Datacenter/Linux Administrator for their US location in May.
A beta appeared late last month on a Filipino Flash developer’s site, but has since been taken down. I’m very curious to find out more about this mysterious company and I expect they’ll be making an appearance soon. They’ve got some steep competition with Meebo, eBuddy and KoolIM (links to our reviews) all making strong showings in the web IM space. That’s no reason to stop innovating, of course.