Google has announced that it will be shutting down its bar publishing tool Meebo, on June 6th this year, in order to focus more on Google+ Sign-In Services and its other Google+ plug-ins. For existing users the Meebo bar dashboard will remain available till June 30. The users will be informed through emails about the end of the Meebo bar and can also delete their user accounts immediately.
Launched in 2005, Meebo was an instant messaging program which supported multiple IM services, including Yahoo! Messenger, Facebook Chat, Google Talk, etc., helping to bring community, engagement, and revenue to publisher sites and also reduce user efforts in searching, browsing and sharing the content.
Google acquired Meebo in 2012 for $100 million and added the Google+ functionality into it later. According to the reports, the move then had been seen as the Google attempt to integrate the Meebo Bar into its own online properties, or simply as a method to increase its advertising reach.
Google+ Sign-In, was launched recently in February 2013, as a rival to the Facebook connect and twitter sign in, in order to centralize communication and comments with one source by signing into applications & website with their Google+ account . It is available with Google Play services v3.0 currently.Category Internet News