Google retiring Meebo bar

Spring is here, and Google is cleaning house.

MeeboLogoRev_616In June of 2012 Google acquired Meebo as a companion service for Google+, and shut down all the Meebo services except the Meebo bar. The bar was a publishing tool which helped content publishers connect their sites and their businesses with the community. But it also provided a source of revenue with a small, typically left justified, ad space.

Google sent out a mass, spring cleaning, email to all the Meebo Bar publishers that said they would be retiring the bar later this year on June sixth, and if you visit the Meebo website you can see the same message.

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.

Sincerely,
Sandy, Seth, and the Meebo Team

Users will be able to access all of their bar tools until June 30 after which the entire service will go offline. However new account creation has been disabled. Users should note that though the Meebo bar will be going offline you must remove the code or plug-in from your site, otherwise it will remain as an unresponsive tool.

After being acquired by Google Meebo didn’t see much of, if any attention. The service stopped taking and authorizing new bars to display ads and seemed to disappear from most websites that housed a bar a one time.

If you have any further questions the traditional Google style termination page has been created and viewed here.

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