Tuesday, December 13th, 2005

Meebo IM Client Growth

Category: Chat

TechCrunch has brought up Meebo’s Impressive Growth.

Meebo is the top Ajax client, and is a fantastic example of what you can do with Ajax. It looks nice, acts responsive, etc. There is a reason that it gets mentioned in all of the lists of quality Ajax applications.

I think an interesting debate could be have on whether IM is the kind of application that should be implemented via Ajax versus a rich desktop interface.

Some things that come to mind for me:

  • Does it help to have the IM widget within a browser?
  • What does the browser add to the experience? (mashups?)
  • It could be nice to be able to leave the web, but have the client stay logged in to IM
  • Do you feel weird inputting your user/password for each service to a web page?
  • Do you want offline access to your conversations
  • It is interesting that a lot of students/workers use it to get passed firewalls and such, but is it enough for rich clients to HTTP tunnel?

What are your thoughts?


Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:21 am

4 rating from 16 votes


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I told a person interested in using MSNTV but wanted to use AIM on it about meebo, then demonstrated it and had them login. They were truely impressed.

This was for some teenage kid of theirs and if they want to give them msn tv but let them use AIM, I see meebo as being a beneficial site.

Comment by Tom — December 13, 2005

Well, everyone I know who uses meebo, uses it *specifically* to get past corporate firewalls.

As for your questions:

1) I don’t know what you mean by “help”. It doesn’t hurt to be able to text chat via a browser window. Your buddy list is already a window, but in another application. I don’t see what the big difference is.

2) Actually, I don’t think the browser adds anything to the experience. I think it’s kind of a kludge. Implied in my first statement, I think people use it because they have little choice, not because they find it a “better” alternative than, say, Fire, or Adium, or another pan-network chat client. Any IM “port” in the storm -haha.

3) I’d feel odd about it if the passwords to my chat clients were anything but disposable. Really, the meebo people can just suck up your password, and keep it for themselves. There is no technology preventing them from doing that.

4)I do want off-line, searchable logs of my chats. That’s why I use meebo as a last resort. I don’t have long winded conversations about nothing. Usually my IMs convey important information that I need to be able to find later. Spotlight does this rather well on my Mac. Such a thing isn’t available on meebo.

5) I think we’re starting to have a bit of a problem. If *everything* tunnels through port 80, doesn’t that defeat the purpose of a firewall?

Comment by CM Harrington — December 13, 2005

Meebo’s interesting technology, but asking for all your IM IDs and passwords the way they do makes it look like some kind of phishing scheme. Not giving the principals’s names out (“Biz Guy”? “AJAX Girl”? “Server Chick”? Come on!) doesn’t fill me with a lot of trust (ironic, I know…)

Comment by Anonymous — December 13, 2005

Try our full-ajax-chat of over 3 years:


View it on top of any page you like, surf while you chat, surf to other people’s page, jump, play, even fart if you like.

All Ajax based and as I said over 3 years old. Works best in IE due to nicer animations.

groetjes Lon

Comment by Lon — December 13, 2005

I think that rich desktop applications will probably stay as the top use for IM clients. Why are we jumping through hoops to make what should be a push/pull archetecture out of a pull only setup? I think this is a bit of a stretch on the useful applications of AJAX.

Comment by Wesley Walser — December 13, 2005

I like Meebo. It’s a nice, fully featured multi-messenger available to me from any computer with a browser and internet access. The one thing that keeps me from using it more is that it takes it’s own browser tab. Meebo would be much more convenient if I could run it from the Firefox sidebar.

Comment by G. A. Hall — December 13, 2005

Actually, permanently online logs could be a really good selling point. I run gaim at home, and at work. It continually vexes me that I can’t find conversations easily because they’re on disparate computers…

Comment by Dominic Mitchell — December 14, 2005

I second the thought that Meebo would be better if it can run in Firefox sidebar. Taking a whole tab for an IM client is a waste, I think
And how can you bypass corp. firewall? My websense block meebo.com!

Comment by Esente — January 27, 2006

I second the thought that Meebo would be better if it can run in Firefox sidebar. Taking a whole tab for an IM client is a waste, I think
And how can you bypass corp. firewall? My websense block meebo.com! Agr!

Comment by Esente — January 27, 2006

well, well, well, after almost 1 yr of meebo, meebo launches: “meebo me” widget. you can put it on your website so anyone can chat with you. i had put mine on friendster.

Comment by MEEBO FANATIC — September 13, 2006

You can block meebo this way:

Comment by Sandy Ho — January 30, 2007

Here’s some more info on blocking meebo:


Comment by Meeblow — January 30, 2007

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