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Meebo.com. Web based chat (alpha) for all the main IM protocols.
posted by machaus (22 comments total)

 
I've been using meebo for a few weeks, ever since trillian got blocked at work. A little buggy at this point, but they're continually adding improvements. The biggest issue (which they promise to fix soon) is that you can't modify your buddy list. Other than that, though, it's quite good, especially for an alpha.
posted by MrMoonPie at 5:36 PM on October 6, 2005


When they sell advertising, that will be a lot of page hits.
posted by The Jesse Helms at 5:38 PM on October 6, 2005


When there are a lot of page hits, they will sell advertising.
posted by TwelveTwo at 5:57 PM on October 6, 2005


When they are advertising a lot of page hits, they sell.
posted by wakko at 6:14 PM on October 6, 2005


When they sell "a lot of page hits", that's advertising.
posted by Imperfect at 6:27 PM on October 6, 2005


So who d'ya reckon will buy 'em, Google or Yahoo? I reckon Google will. "Meebo" sounds like a name Google would buy. Meeble? Geebo? Gmeebo? oota goota solo?
posted by keswick at 6:28 PM on October 6, 2005


Google has already released a beta of their own chat app. It does VOIP, too.
posted by mr_roboto at 6:57 PM on October 6, 2005


Is there a web-based version of Google Talk?
posted by keswick at 7:02 PM on October 6, 2005


Not that I know of. I'd be stunned if they weren't busy cooking one up, though.
posted by mr_roboto at 7:07 PM on October 6, 2005


I don't want to sell advertising, buy page hits, or process any advertising page hits sold bought.
posted by bingo at 7:26 PM on October 6, 2005


if a page hit could hit hits, how many hits would a page hit hit?
posted by nearo at 7:46 PM on October 6, 2005


A page hit would hit as many hits as a page hit could hit if a page hit could hit hits.
posted by Imperfect at 7:53 PM on October 6, 2005


< [sa]hatfulofhollow> i'm going to become rich and famous after i invent a device that allows you to stab people in the face over the internet
posted by deadfather at 8:05 PM on October 6, 2005


Is there a web-based version of Google Talk?

Meebo supports GTalk.
posted by bitpart at 8:08 PM on October 6, 2005


I always thought it was weird that the Google chat app wasn't web-based to begin with.
posted by Saucy Intruder at 8:18 PM on October 6, 2005


Googles IM is based on Jabber. You can implement it in virtually any language including Ajax/JS whatever you want to call it.

Bet they have a JS client in the wings.

Thing is outside of company firewalls why would I prefer this over a standalone app like Trillian?
posted by bitdamaged at 10:40 PM on October 6, 2005


Not to mention sites can be blocked as easily as protocols on a corporate firewall level.
posted by bitdamaged at 10:46 PM on October 6, 2005


Traveling? And being able to IM at internet cafes?
posted by vacapinta at 10:47 PM on October 6, 2005


I think the primary utility of Meebo is permitting login to more than one chat network at a time, rather than an end-run around firewalls. (They say they'll have alternate ways to access the site, eventually, just for that need -- notalentassclown.meebo.com, anyone?) This would be convenient for travelers, consultants, and so on.

Incidentally, AIM Express just went Ajax.
posted by dhartung at 11:19 PM on October 6, 2005


i'm going to become rich and famous after i invent a device that allows you to stab people in the face over the internet

Already done. It is called goatse.
posted by srboisvert at 12:13 AM on October 7, 2005


i'm going to become rich and famous after i invent a device that allows you to stab people in the face over the internet

Already done. It is called goatse.


Please. Beyond a certain point of exposure goatse just becomes the internet equivalent to a hug.
posted by Ryvar at 3:15 AM on October 7, 2005


It says that it doesn't support my browser yet, and to stay tuned.
posted by sveskemus at 5:48 AM on October 7, 2005


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