Google has acquired Meebo

It looks like the rumors were true: Google’s picked up Web IM company Meebo.

Meebo announced the news in a blog post today (via TechCrunch):

We are happy to announce that Meebo has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Google!

For more than seven years we’ve been helping publishers find deeper relationships with their users and to make their sites more social and engaging. 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.

We’ve had a blast building Meebo so far and we’re really excited to start the next leg of our journey.

Thank you all for coming along for the ride! Meebo Team

Details of the deal, mainly how much Google paid and what it intends to do with the product, were not disclosed. A report last month from All Things D, which was the first to suggest Google was in talks with the company, suggested a purchase price of around $100 million.

Meebo launched as a Web-based instant messaging client in 2005, letting users log in to multiple IM networks at once, and in their browser at a time when that kind of functionality was limited to standalone software apps. The service later launched multi-user chat rooms, APIs for developers to build tools, and mobile apps that replicated these features. More recently, the service focused on ways to add extra social and advertising features to Web sites, as well as a content aggregator.

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