NYTimes / Bits / February 5, 2009 / 5:04 pm /Instant Messaging Site Meebo Adds Facebook Chat / By Brad Stone
For Internet users whose instant messaging proclivities span numerous systems -– AOL’s AIM, Yahoo Messenger and Microsoft Messenger, for example -– Meebo is a hugely useful tool.
Since 2005, the Mountain View, Calif., company has let people log into multiple messaging systems at the same time from within a Web browser. It’s much easier than opening up the desktop software programs of several IM systems and logging into them all at once.
Today, Meebo is getting even more useful, adding the popular Facebook Chat to the list of instant messaging systems it supports. [snip]
The move is interesting for a number of reasons. First, it sheds a little more light on how developers will be using Facebook Connect, which the company hopes to use to magnify Facebook’s influence across the Internet. For now, Meebo users will be able to conduct instantaneous text chats with their Facebook friends off the social network, and to browse the status updates of all their Facebook friends.
But subsequent versions of the integration with Facebook could let Meebo users see some of their friend’s Facebook profile information, publish stories into their news feeds on Facebook, or update their Facebook status remotely, ... [snip]
The move also underscores just how pervasive IMing with friends and colleagues is becoming, and how it is spreading out and being threaded directly into the fabric of the Web. An Internet user’s list of friends used to sit inside an instant messaging software program – something users opened each time they turned on their computer. Now people are forging connections across the Web, and the idea of listing all your friends in a software silo almost seems quaint. [snip]