Import Meebo Chat History to imo.im

Earlier this month we wrote about Meebo the IM web chat client which was acquired by Google only to see it’s chat feature being shut down.

We had written about alternatives to Meebo, among which imo.im is probably the most popular one. Thankfully, Meebo users can download their chat logs from their Meebo accounts.

Imo.im has a interesting option for Meebo users, they can import their  Meebo chat logs into imo.im. Just visit this link and download your meebo chat logs on your computer.

Now sign-in to your imo.im account settings icon and access your preferences.

In preferences you will be able to see the import link. Click on it and import your chat logs from Meebo.

Make sure that you have linked the same accounts on imo.im which you had linked on Meebo.

Video Demo

Here is a quick video demo by imo.im on how to go about importing meebo chat history.

Do drop in your comments.

Link: imo.im

Google to shut down Meebo and here are some alternatives

Popular instant messaging service Meebo to be shutdown by Google by July 11th. As you know, Meebo was aquired by Google a few days back, and now they announce that they’ll be shutting down most of Meebo services, except the Meebo bar. Google has been doing this lately, shutting down Picnik and other not so popular Google services, to concentrate more on Google+.

Update: You can download all your chat logs on Meebo from this link.

Here are a few services you can try out if you miss the Meebo messenger. All these messengers work have web clients, just like Meebo does.

1. Imo.im

In my opinion (no, that wasn’t a pun), Imo.im is one of the best web-based messengers out there. They do have mobile apps supporting all the major platforms, but their web client keeps it apart from others. The web client lets you IM, video chat (also voice chat), transfer files, and even access chat history. It supports a big list of IM services, from Gtalk to Steam.

Link: Imo.im

Related: Import your Meebo chat history to imo.im

2. Nimbuzz

Besides IM, you can also make low-cost international calls in Nimbuzz, both on mobile and desktop. They have recently released their API, which lets developers make automated chat buddies – this feature may be integrated in the next version of Nimbuzz, and its apps. They also have a Chrome app, in case you use Google Chrome.

Link: Nimbuzz

3. eBuddy

If you want to more control over your web messenger, you should consider trying eBuddy’s web client. They also have eBuddy XMS, which is eBuddy for mobile. Like Facebook Messenger, eBuddy XMS will let you know if your message is read.

Link: eBuddy

4. Trillian

Trillian has a nifty feature which lets you update your status of different social networks right from the messenger, that includes Facebook, Twitter and many more. It lets you customize using themes and a bit more.

Link: Trillian

5. IM+

Not as popular as previously mentioned messengers, but worth a try if you’ve already tried the rest of them, has a handy auto away feature.

Link: IM+

Try out the apps, and tell us which one you’d prefer to use.

Google Acquires Popular Web Based Messenger Meebo

Meebo is a web based chat client which allows users to chat online in a single place from various different accounts like ICQ, Google, MSN and more. Meebo saw a great deal of popularity for people tired of lack of compatibility between traditional instant messengers.

Meebo lately has also, created a web-based toolbar which allows users to share web pages across different websites.

According to Meebo, they reach approximately half of US population. This is what has in all probability caught the attention of Google.

Meebo has announced that it is now a part of Google.

What will happen to Meebo?

As usual, after a buyout most times things are a little uncertain about the continuity of a company’s product. It will be interesting to see in the future if Meebo retains its compatibility with Facebook, especially given that Facebook and Google+ are competitors.

Another factor is Meebo also has a web based advertising platform, which be rolled into Google AdSense.

What are your views on Meebo being a part of Google now? Do drop in your comments.

Use Official Desktop Messenger from Facebook for Windows!

I like staying logged into Facebook on one tab of my browser, so I can chat with my friends on it. Thanks to the option of disallowing people from certain lists to see you online, it is perfect ( thought chatting service itself is far from perfect on Facebook) . Facebook has released a new messenger for windows platform, that allows users to be logged in and chat with friends from the desktop itself.

Facebook_messenger_windows

  • The messenger is not very different from the one on the browser. As a matter of fact to use the messenger, I had to login first from the browser on to Facebook.
  • It can also be docked on the right-hand side on your desktop, just like the browser version is docked.
  • I have used Digsby to chat with friends from Facebook but if you want Facebook like chat on desktop this one is better.
  • I found the new ticker being present in then messenger a little annoying. It is one reason I prefer to use 3rd party messengers instead of the browser. I wish future updates allow turning off the news ticker on the messenger.

Download Facebook Messenger

You can read about the messenger here. It does not seem to have an official landing page but the direct download link is below.

The version number has not be declared by Facebook for some reason. Do try it out and drop in your comments.

Link: Facebook Messenger

[Online Tool] Chat Anonymously on Any Webpage with Chattp

Since I started blogging, I have been forced to think about online privacy. One reason is that bloggers or for that matter anyone who works online, ends up in contact with a lot of people who they do not really know as people. Mostly we can work around this problem, but sometimes there needs to be a discussion, lets say about a blog’s design.

Chattp is a nice online tool which adds a chat column to any webpage, hence two or more people can discuss the content or design of the page in real-time. ;-)

Chattp_chat_anonymously_anywhere

Features of Chattp

  • Just visit the Chattp website and type in the URL of the page you want to discuss with someone.
  • A short URL is created, which can be shared with others who you want to take part in the discussion.
  • Anyone with whom, you have shared the link, will then be able to take part in the conversation in the left-hand column as a Guest.
  • Best part is requires no registration and is completely free.

This sort of collaborative tool would be ideal for people who work online and discuss projects on websites. Do try out Chattp and drop in your comments.

Link: Chattp

Related: Shared Spaces: Collaborate with your Google friends