• Meebo's Multi-Chat iPhone App Hits iTunes

    If you are one of the millions of people who use Meebo to bring together all of your buddies from different chat services across the Web, you can now do that on your iPhone as well. Meebo’s iPhone app is now available on iTunes The iPhone app lets you chat via AIM, MSN, Yahoo, Google Talk, MySpace IM, ICQ, Jabber, Facebook, and other chat services, delivering new messages vis push… Read More

  • Preview: Meebo's Simple, Quick, And Slick iPhone App

    Preview: Meebo's Simple, Quick, And Slick iPhone App

    Though they’re not planning to unveil it until next week, Meebo has given us a sneak peek at their iPhone app. My immediate reaction? This will be my go-to messaging app on the iPhone. While there are no shortage of apps that now allow you to connect to a wide range of messaging networks, Meebo’s is great because it’s very, very fast. It might not have all the bells and… Read More

  • Meebo Eyes A New Market For Its Chat Bar: Online Retailers

    We’ve been covering the growth of Meebo’s chat bar extensively since its launch: after a fairly slow ramp up in 2008, it’s since been deployed to 130 partner sites and now has a reach of 100 million unique visitors. Now that the company has landed partnerships with a number of large publisher sites and social networks, it’s settings its sights on a new target: shopping. Read More

  • Looking To Boost Engagement, Meebo Makes It A Lot Easier To Start Using Its Chat Bar

    2009 was a good year for Meebo, which saw its Meebo Bar spread to over 130 partner sites. The chat bar, which also makes it easy to share content, now reaches 110 million unique visitors according to Quantcast (74 million according to comScore), and is growing at a clip pace. But not everything has gone exactly according to plan — on certain sites, the chat bar isn’t being used… Read More

  • Meebo Launches Self-Serve Meebo Bar, Takes A Look Back At Its Big Year

    For a long time, Meebo has been a widely liked company with lots of funding but a fairly small amount of revenue. This year, that started to change. The company’s Meebo Bar (AKA Community IM) has now been deployed to over a hundred major sites and has helped Meebo reach nearly 100 million unique visitors monthly. And today, it’s launching a feature that will see that number take… Read More

  • Meebo Gives Publishers More Control Over Meebo Bar With New API

    We’ve been tracking the progress of Meebo‘s Community IM bar for a long time now: it was announced back in July 2008, started rolling out in October 2008, and is now exposed to nearly 100 million people worldwide on dozens of partner sites. Clearly it’s making good progress, but since launch the options available to publishers for customizing the bar have been quite… Read More

  • Qlipso Brings Avatars, Video Chat, and Facebook Connect To Virtual Rooms

    Media on the Web is going from a solo affair to a shared experience. We are seeing this in everything from CNN live news videos enabled with Facebook chat to Meebo Rooms and Tiny Chat. Today, a new startup from Los Angeles called Qlipso is launching its own virtual rooms where friends can share videos and play Flash games with each other. The service is in private beta and requires a… Read More

  • Finding Your Co-Founders

    The number one question you all asked after reading my last blog post about starting a business from scratch was “how do I find my co-founders?” Great question – let’s start with a bit of self reflection: Close your eyes and visualize your group of closest friends. Now, think specifically about how tall (or short) they all are. Great, now ask yourself “are all of… Read More

  • Meebo's Reach Spikes To Over 90 Million Users With Community IM Growth

    Ever since Meebo launched its Community IM feature — which lets any site integrate a chat feature that’s similar to Facebook Chat — the service has seen strong growth. But the bump the site has seen with each successive partnership over the last year pales in comparison to the growth it’s been seeing in the last few months: between August and October, Meebo has jumped… Read More

  • From Nothing To Something. How To Get There.

    This guest post was written by Meebo CEO Seth Sternberg. It is the first in a series of posts he’s writing about the decisions a young entrepreneur needs to make when she/he is first starting a business. The timing is perfect, there is more than a little overlap with Vivek Wadhwa’s guest post on venture capital earlier today. We’ll update this post with links to his… Read More

  • Skype Sniffing Around Web Chat Startups

    Skype has been in the news a lot lately. Over the past six months, rumors swirled that the peer-to-peer telephony service provider was going to be bought back from eBay by its original founders, to be spun off as a separate company and then IPO, and ultimately to be sold to an investor group (which was confirmed at the beginning of this month). Now Skype founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus… Read More

  • TC50: Simply Add A Social Network To Any Site With Stribe

    The idea of adding a social network to any site is a compelling one. Currently, most sites do this by creating their own networks using service like Facebook Groups and Ning. But those obviously aren’t actually your own site, they are other sites set up under your site’s name. Stribe’s goal is to move the network back onto your site. The service, opening to the public today… Read More

  • Redesigns To Make Broadcasting Easier And Chat More Obvious

    There’s a lot of live video streaming competition out there right now, but remains the biggest. And it’s looking to hold that lead with a redesign launching today, along with some new features. The new site has an overall cleaner and simplified look. And simplification is the key to another big change: The addition of big front page broadcaster. When you first load up… Read More

  • Meebo Tries to Fill "Moments Of Boredom" With An Ad Network For Partner Sites

    How do you advertise on a Web-based instant messaging service without interrupting conversations and annoying the hell out of users? Meebo CEO Seth Sternberg thinks he has the answer: “There is a moment of boredom while they are waiting for a response, that is when they click on ads.” He’s observed this based on how people interact with the ads which began appearing on… Read More

  • Meebo Community IM Tears Down Walls, Goes Web-Wide

    Over the last year or so, having online chat integrated into a website has quickly moved from “nifty” to “the norm”. The feature first caught on with Facebook, and has since made its way to a variety of other sites, including MySpace and Orkut. But most publishers and social networks don’t really have the resources to build their own chat clients, which can… Read More

  • Meebo Mail? Check Your Desktop Notifier.

    Is Meebo moving into email? The web-based chat service already centralizes instant messages from AIM, Yahoo, MSN, Google Talk, Facebook, MySpace, and more. Folding in emails from different accounts across the Web is a logical next step. In fact, Meebo already tiptoed into the email arena this morning with a new feature which appeared in its Windows desktop notifier. A new “Mail”… Read More

  • eBuddy, The Swiss Army Knife For Instant Messaging, Is Now Available On Android

    The Netherlands-based eBuddy, which markets a comprehensive application that lets users handle multiple instant messaging accounts from the web or their mobile phones, is today releasing an application for the Android platform a couple months after Meebo made its similar product available on there (November 2008). The eBuddy application for Google’s open mobile OS is now available for… Read More

  • Meebo Brings Real-Time Chat To myYearbook

    Meebo‘s Community IM is getting its biggest vote of confidence yet tonight, when it is deployed on popular social network myYearbook. Community IM is Meebo’s answer to Facebook Chat, offering publishers and social networks a way to introduce a persistent chat bar at the bottom of their sites without having to develop one on their own. And while Meebo had deployed the product to… Read More

  • Meebo Turns Into One Big Ad, But Users Seem To Like It

    Web chat service Meebo, always innovative with advertising, is trying out something fairly aggressive: full takeover ads that show a persistent advertisement in the background. The company says that they already got 1% or higher click throughs on existing ads units on the site, which included rollovers at the bottom of the screen and another unit right in the middle. But the new units… Read More

  • Meebo Brings Interactive Ad Platform To Community IM Partners

    Meebo, a popular web-based chat service, has announced that it is going to extend its successful advertising platform to include the growing number of partners that are deploying its Community IM product, which launched last year. Last summer Meebo launched interactive social ads on its main chat portal at, presenting users with small icons at the bottom of their chat windows that… Read More