Saturday, August 26, 2006 8:57:58 PM
This is just incredible! Guys check it out! This new service of IM is fascinating. Many of us use different IM clients: AOL, ICQ, Yahoo, Gtalk... etc. And it always bothered me to run all of the messengers at the same time, to check who is on and who is not. I tried to switch to alternatives, such as Miranda or Trillian, but they lacked simplicity and everywhere use. Today I was lucky to find this great site: Meebo.com.
The project is still in Alpha mode, but it makes it even better - I wonder what it will be wehn finished. Ok enough of prayers, what it's all about.
Meebo is an Internet based IM, which supports multiple protocols, currently AIM, ICQ, Yahoo Messenger, Jabber(Gtalk) and MSN. Being web based it means that you can access it everywhere in the world, with no installation required. Let's take a look at it.
At the home page you can either login to a IM you have, or register (at the top-right) in the meebo system. Registering is better, this way you can access all your accounts at the same time. So registration bypassed, what do we see.
A very simple yet powerful enough interface. On the left we have Contact List from all the IMs you have enterd in your preferences. And here is a little "bump". Let's look at the adding new IM account form.
The edit field named "Screen name" is actually not your nickname, but your login. And what makes it even more confusing - different standards in different IMs. For example in ICQ you have digits, in Gtalk - email, and so on... I think there should be a little hint for users.
Well when you've added your manifold accounts it's time to chat. Meebo has sounds to alert you of new incoming messages, so you won't miss them. Everything is pretty easy, and you can even change your status to any you desire, and enter chat in an invisible mode.
Meebo is great for travellers as it can remember and store all the conversations on Meebo's server. So you can rely on IM as on Gmail. Well, I don't know about privacy, but hey! it's as easy to break into your email as to break Meebo, so I won't be worrying much.
If you are a chatter - this one is for you. Too bad Meebo does not support Opera yet, but it's only in alpha mode, so let's hope it will in future. For now I have it on my desktop as a web content, doesn't bother me much, just lays on the top of the wallpaper image.
PlugIn for Meebo, by me.