Meebo.com, the first integrated Web-based instant messaging service, has announced in its first three weeks of operation that it has attracted more than 150,000 unique users. Meebo was built using Ajax, a revolutionary technology that offers users a highly interactive, dynamic experience within a Web browser page. Meebo, also for the first time from any Web-based service, offers users of instant messaging, which number 500 million worldwide, access to all major services on a single Web page. Those services include AOL Instant Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, Google Talk/Jabber, MSN Messenger, and ICQ.
Meebo’s wide availability on any Web browser page (including Internet Explorer and Firefox) gives Internet users ubiquity no IM service currently offers. Users no longer need to download and install software, a boon to IM users who are either forbidden from using IM applications in their office or institutional settings, or travelers and Internet café users worldwide using public, multi-user computers. Users log on to their favorite IM services at www.meebo.com; screen names from all IM services that users have accounts with are retrieved and displayed in one organized window within a single browser page.