Google has decided to shut down the Meebo publishing tool on June 6th. The company is shutting down the Meebo Bar to focus on the Google+ Sign-In service and other plugins related to the social network. Meebo Bar users were sent e-mails about the changes. The Meebo Bar Dashboard and analytics will remain active until June 30th.
Google acquired Meebo back in June 2012. Later that month, several Meebo services were shut down including Meebo Messenger, Sharing on Meebo, MeeboMe, and all of their mobile apps. When Meebo was acquired, the Meebo Bar was updated with Google+ functionality.
All of the installs of Meebo code will cease to work. Google advised that Meebo users remove the code from their content management systems including WordPress, TypePad, and Blogger. Below is Google’s announcement about the Meebo Bar shutting down, which was published on Meebo.com:
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.
Sandy, Seth, and the Meebo Team