After closing number of services to focus on most popular ones, Google has decided to retire Meebo bar on June 6, 2013. The retiring message is already being displayed on the meebo.com website.
On the welcome screen the Farewell message is displayed as,
“Five years ago, we launched the Meebo Bar to bring community, engagement, and revenue to publisher sites.
As part of the Google team, this continues to be our focus, but we want to best serve mobile and desktop publishers moving forward. Therefore, we have decided to focus our resources on initiatives like the recently launched Google+ Sign-In (which includes interactive posts and over-the-air app installs) and the Google+ plug-ins.
This means we will retire the Meebo Bar, effective June 6, 2013.
Thank you for being a Meebo Bar publisher. We have truly appreciated the opportunity to serve you.
Sandy, Seth, and the Meebo Team”
This clearly mentions that Google is keen to focus on its product Google+. Google is already seen aggressive towards making Google+ as popular as Facebook and Twitter. Google hopes Google+ sign-In and Google+ plug-ins will fill the hole created by the closure of Meebo bar services.
What is Meebo Bar ?
Meebo bar is a tool for web publishers that allowed website visitors to interact with the site and also share the contents of it.
Meebo started in 2005 as a browser based instant messaging service which had a support of Yahoo! Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, AIM, Facebook Chat, Google Talk, etc.
It was recently the services were boost up and added support for mobile through mobile apps. It also added the functionality to share media or content across the popular social networks.
Last year in June 2012, Meebo was acquired by Google and now after one year Google decided to close the services.
What Meebo users needs to do now ?
Meebo service users have to opt out before the retiring day. Users need to remove the codes from their CMS (Content Management System) like wordpress, blogger, typepad, joomla, etc.
This service was announced recently and it enables developers to integrate the Google+ into the web and mobile apps. This is a clear indication that Google wants developers to switch to Google+ Sign-In.