Search engine giant Google has bought instant messaging firm Meebo in the season of buyout and sellout.
Founded in 2005, Meebo has been around in Silicon Valley for past seven years. It started off with a site that let users chat with each other across different instant message services — then becoming a social toolbar (Meebo Bar) and ad platform and much more. The Meebo Bar can be embedded onto third-party websites, letting users connect without leaving the site.
"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," Meebo wrote today on its official blog.
Meebo Messenger lets users of Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger, AIM and others chat over a single service. At the end of April 2012 a Quantcast report said more than 62.7 million people in the United States used the service on a monthly basis.
It also allows users to chat on various websites like TV Guide, TMZ and Entertainment Weekly. Now, the website will team up with the search engine giant for future unidentified adventures.
A Google representative said, "We are always looking for better ways to help users share content and connect with others across the web, just as they do in real life. We look forward to closing the transaction and working with the Meebo team to create more ways for users to engage online."
The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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