November 10, 2006

Meebo


I found this great website called Meebo. It allows you to sign into your account for any, or all, of the following networks:


  • AOL Instant Messanger
  • Yahoo! Messenger
  • Google Talk
  • MSN Messenger
  • ICQ
  • Jabber
The best part is that you don't have to download anything. Since this is a problem on many public/campus computers, many have a block on downloading and installing anything. But just like the Gmail chat option, Meebo allows you to chat right inside your internet browser. You can even sign up for a Meebo account that allows you to use one password to sign into all of your chat services. The site is totally safe, because all passwords are "encrypted with 1024-bit RSA keys". According to their blog, on November 7th they had 1.1+ million logins and moved about 66 million messages. That is incredible! They also have multiple languages, and the ability to pop your buddy lists out of the main window (provided you keep the Meebo site open.

The Meebo team also has a few other neat products. The Meebo Map (see picture) shows a world map with dots where the most instant messages have been sent using Meeboo in the last fifteen minutes. They also have the Meebo Me Widget which allows anyone who visits a website talk directly to the maker of the site, provided the maker is on the site. This could be good for people who want to talk to their customers/readers one on one, without giving out their chat screen name. I'd install one, but I really don't have time to sit on my website all day. Plus I'm sure my friends would send me some wonderful anonymous messages. ;)
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