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Meebo Discontinuing All Services Except for Meebo Bar

Unknown Lamer posted more than 2 years ago | from the and-you-thought-microsoft-was-fast dept.

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An anonymous reader writes with news of Meebo's fate, a mere six days after being acquired by Google. From the article: "Meebo, which began in 2005 as a browser based instant messaging program, will now cease most of its services by next month. The IM service supported various IM platforms such as Yahoo! Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, AIM, ICQ, MySpaceIM, Facebook Chat, Google Talk, CafeMom and others." Their cash cow, the Meebo bar, will "...continue to be available to site publishers and will see continued improvements and new features in the weeks and months ahead." With Meebo killing off their messenger, are there any good Android chat alternatives that aren't tied to Google Talk?

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embrace and extinguish? (2)

aintnostranger (1811098) | more than 2 years ago | (#40290049)

I wonder what the motivation behind this is... is it to take a competitor out of the road? Or maybe it's more bening, such as gaining qualified employees?

Re:embrace and extinguish? (2)

Jeng (926980) | more than 2 years ago | (#40290457)

Even though it sounds like it may be mainly about getting good employees, and the toolbar crap, that isn't a reason to stop the other services they don't care about.

Or if they do, at least wait a little while. On the Meebo website they have the listing of discontinued services, and then up in the corner "Google has acquired Meebo!""Learn More". I think Meebo's customers have learned enough already.

Re:embrace and extinguish? (1, Funny)

catmistake (814204) | more than 2 years ago | (#40291305)

I wonder what the motivation behind this is... is it to take a competitor out of the road? Or maybe it's more bening, such as gaining qualified employees?

I think it's definitely Bennings. [youtube.com]

Re:embrace and extinguish? (1)

jmerlin (1010641) | more than 2 years ago | (#40292009)

One more bug in the footsteps of Larry Page? This guy is out of control. Somebody at Google needs to stop this maniac before he does something really bad.

April fools? (5, Interesting)

glassware (195317) | more than 2 years ago | (#40290057)

Wow, first read I had to look at the date.

Meebo Bar is like a total perversion of everything they once did well. I used to love using Meebo since it provided a centralized place to track all my conversations. But when I started seeing the Meebo Bar appear elsewhere I ditched them. Who knew they'd all of a sudden be acquired just to obtain control of something horrible like this?

Re:April fools? (4, Insightful)

Riceballsan (816702) | more than 2 years ago | (#40290129)

I general when google aquires something, what is left alone, is what google doesn't have interest in. Google's aquisitions are usually about integrating what they want into their own services. Unfortunately it does usually involve some losses. I would say it is highly probable that in the next 3 months or so, the web based google talk, will be adding MSN, facebook and other IM compatibilities.

Re:April fools? (2)

DanTheManMS (1039636) | more than 2 years ago | (#40290315)

Yep. When Google acquired Motorola Mobility, I knew that Zumodrive (a service very similar to DropBox that had recently before been acquired by Moto Mobility) would be on the chopping block, and sure enough, after a couple of months I got an email telling me that I needed to download everything from their servers before they shut down completely. At least they gave me the option of doing that though, which was nice.

Re:April fools? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40291295)

I general when google aquires something

WTF does that mean?

Re:April fools? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40292353)

It means you may have Asperger syndrome because you couldn't figure out that GP was trying to say "in general..."

Re:April fools? (4, Funny)

Ginger Unicorn (952287) | more than 2 years ago | (#40293569)

I accidentally the whole meebo bar

Re:April fools? (1, Troll)

Dynedain (141758) | more than 2 years ago | (#40290343)

The Meebo Bar is a major revenue-generating ad platform. Google most likely bought out Meebo for the ad market (like doubleclick) not the chat functionality.

Re:April fools? (3, Interesting)

icebike (68054) | more than 2 years ago | (#40290747)

The Meebo Bar is a major revenue-generating ad platform. Google most likely bought out Meebo for the ad market (like doubleclick) not the chat functionality.

Really? I doubt all 58 people actively using meebo could generate that much revenue.

Admittedly, I've only been around for some few weeks, but I never heard about meebo till google bought them.
There are so many good multi-protocol messenger clients around for just about any platform you may wish
to run. The only reason to ever use meebo was that it was browser based, but with a cell phone in every
pocket how important is that?

As the first link in the summary suggests, this is probably to bolster Google +, which, by all accounts is
not living up to Google's expectations.

Re:April fools? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40290809)

Admittedly, I've only been around for some few weeks

Only a few weeks old and already writing? That's amazing.

Although it's very sad to see you discovered slashdot. I hate to think what will happen to your developing brain.

Re:April fools? (2)

Nocturnal Deviant (974688) | more than 2 years ago | (#40291067)

Dont post as AC I would have modded this funny >.

Re:April fools? (2)

Dynedain (141758) | more than 2 years ago | (#40291143)

No, it's not people installing the Meebo bar on their browser... website owners can use Meebo to run advertising on their sites (much like adwords but incredibly more obnoxious).

As a web developer, I was surprised to find out they actually offered a useful service for end-user.

Re:April fools? (2)

Taco Cowboy (5327) | more than 2 years ago | (#40291353)

As a web developer, I was surprised to find out they actually offered a useful service for end-user.

Care to list the benefits of Meebo, after being acquired by Google, I mean ?

Re:April fools? (2)

Dynedain (141758) | more than 2 years ago | (#40292417)

I meant that I was surprised to find out about the messaging app. I only knew about them because of the horrendous ad-serving package some of my clients had installed. I assume that service is being merged into DoubleClick and Adwords campaigns.

Re:April fools? (2)

X0563511 (793323) | more than 2 years ago | (#40291429)

Please tell me what android messenger you'd recommend that has cross-protocol support like Pidgin on desktops and Meebo IM did on my phone?

Re:April fools? (2)

gbjbaanb (229885) | more than 2 years ago | (#40293433)

I use ebuddy which works, I can't remember the other one I tried but uninstalled (I don't tend to chat much on the phone)

you could try googling.... http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2010/09/android-im-apps-which-one-should-you-use/ [arstechnica.com]

http://lifehacker.com/5803525/the-best-instant-messaging-application-for-android [lifehacker.com]

Re:April fools? (1)

C0R1D4N (970153) | more than 2 years ago | (#40293745)

I have been using IMO, slightly more stable on my Tab than ebuddy or meebo.

Re:April fools? (1)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 2 years ago | (#40291669)

I've used Meebo ever since I switched from Windows to Linux full time back in 2006 or so. I still have quite a few people who use MSN messenger regularly but don't use much else. Yes, Pidgin works decently, but Meebo works with all the computers I have or can use with a single login. Use a friend's laptop? I've still got all my accounts without adding extra software. Use a public terminal? Same thing.

I've always liked Meebo and I'm very sad to see it go. The "Meebo Bar" can go die in a fire though, of course its the only thing that's going to continue to live on...

Yes, there is. (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40290061)

Imo.im is actually a better solution for multi-service instant messaging on Android than Meebo,

Re:Yes, there is. (2)

Entropius (188861) | more than 2 years ago | (#40290079)

Seconded -- I've been using it since I got an Android phone a few weeks ago, and it does what it does competently without much fuss.

Re:Yes, there is. (2)

mariasama16 (1895136) | more than 2 years ago | (#40290201)

Trillian's pretty good too, and its what I've been using for months.

Re:Yes, there is. (3, Funny)

WrecklessSandwich (1000139) | more than 2 years ago | (#40291089)

Trillian has released a new version in the time since Android has been popular? I'm shocked.

Re:Yes, there is. (1)

X0563511 (793323) | more than 2 years ago | (#40291433)

Nope. Not using anything that requires it's own login. I have logins for all my messenger protocols, thanks.

Re:Yes, there is. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40291673)

You'll be glad to know that imo doesn't require its own login, then.

Re:Yes, there is. (1)

X0563511 (793323) | more than 2 years ago | (#40292661)

Huh, then what's this big "Sign in to the imo Network" [imo.im] that wants a username and password for?

Re:Yes, there is. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40293037)

You can create an account on imo to store all your other account info. Then you'll only have to remember your login details to imo instead of every individual account.

You don't have to use it, and in fact I don't quite see the point of it. But it's there.

Re:Yes, there is. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40294603)

Trillian has a web client, a windows client, android, ios, mac clients and you sign into it.. it tracks your login information for all the protocols you want to use and you can be on multiple devices at a time with chats following you. switch from phone to computer? all the chat windows reopen with the logs. You don't have to remember your login info for various IM services over and over either. it's pretty cool over all.

Re:Yes, there is. (1)

fongaboo (813253) | more than 2 years ago | (#40291665)

Yeah I found meebo for Android sucked and switched to Imo.im post-haste.

alternatives (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40290083)

imo.im

imo.im (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40290095)

Time to move over to imo.im

SCREW THE BAR (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40290119)

I only use meebo for the damn messenger!! PRICKS!

Just like Gizmodo.. they have to take away the best features..

Re:SCREW THE BAR (1)

arkane1234 (457605) | more than 2 years ago | (#40290211)

Yep, same here....

Re:SCREW THE BAR (1)

UltraZelda64 (2309504) | more than 2 years ago | (#40291559)

While I normally have no need for Meebo since I typically use Pidgin on a standard desktop machine, their Web-based instant messenger is very useful on systems that don't have a decent multi-protocol instant messaging client. It's also nice because it doesn't need to be installed. Hell, I didn't even know until relatively recently that Meebo even *had* anything besides their Web IM client. And now, since they've been bought out by Google, they're *already* killing off their instant messenger? WTF? And they're spinning it like it's such great news and that they're looking forward to the future. What is this "future" they speak of? A future in which Meebo ceases to exist, as all of their features are stripped away and moved into Google services? Oooh, very exciting.

Oh well... Meebo is officially dead now.

Xabber (2)

dmt0 (1295725) | more than 2 years ago | (#40290125)

http://www.xabber.com/ [xabber.com]
XMPP (Jabber) client with multi-account support.

Jabber (1)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 2 years ago | (#40290233)

It would be nice if EVERYONE switched over to open jabber servers. Get off all these proprietary services.

But then, who would pay for the server loads? Server resource and network bandwidth isn't exactly free.

Re:Jabber (2)

kwalker (1383) | more than 2 years ago | (#40290367)

Who pays for IM? It's always been a free add-on service for something else.

Most newer IM services are already Jabber/XMPP (Facebook, LiveJournal, etc). There are only a few "legacy" services that I know of anymore (YIM, AIM, MSN).

Plus, Jabber/XMPP services can connect to these other services through bridge connector plug-ins, though from what I've seen, there's almost no interest in working on them.

Re:Jabber (1)

Korin43 (881732) | more than 2 years ago | (#40290487)

Server resource and network bandwidth isn't exactly free.

Chat bandwidth is so minor, it might as well be. There's plenty of people willing to run IRC servers for free.

Re:Jabber (1)

icebike (68054) | more than 2 years ago | (#40290831)

It would be nice if EVERYONE switched over to open jabber servers. Get off all these proprietary services.

But then, who would pay for the server loads? Server resource and network bandwidth isn't exactly free.

The server resources are in fact virtually free, and as such you will find dozens of places that run a XMPP/Jabber server for exactly zero money. They have the bandwidth and the boxes for their other business, and it costs them no more to allow other to use excess capacity.

There are many lists of these, such as https://list.jabber.at/ [jabber.at] http://xmpp.net/ [xmpp.net] etc.

They are all inter-operable, and I routinely communicate (BOTH to and from jabber) with Google Talk or Xabber, or Kopete.

Jabber isn't just for text any more.

Re:Xabber (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40292095)

Has no body mentioned http://www.pidgin.im/ ?

IMO.IM (1)

Robert1 (513674) | more than 2 years ago | (#40290131)

Check out http://imo.im/ [imo.im] . It has integration of practically every messaging service, as well as a great and android app.

Re:IMO.IM (1)

RudyValencia (728937) | more than 2 years ago | (#40290479)

Check out http://imo.im/ [imo.im] . It has integration of practically every messaging service, as well as a great and android app.

Yeah, I too use imo on my Android. Low battery consumption, works quite well.

Re:IMO.IM (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40292267)

I was using it on my symbian device (nokia N8) and found it to have a kind of high battery consumption... so much so that I stopped using it.
It's too bad, since it is one of the few that can do skype chat.

Re:IMO.IM (1)

Elrond, Duke of URL (2657) | more than 2 years ago | (#40290847)

I'll second that. I've been using Imo for quite a while now. When I first got an Android device I tried a number of IM clients and eventually settled on Imo. I tried eBuddy for a short time, but it requires that you create an eBuddy account and then add all of your other IM accounts to that. Imo, on the other hand, acts like a normal multi-account client and has you manage your accounts locally with the client and logs into them directly from your phone.

I can see the benefit of the eBuddy method for a device where the network connection can change occasionally and if you really don't want to be caught offline it might be better. But, I would much rather do things locally, and I haven't had any issues with my network connection changing. When it does, Imo seems quite quick about reconnecting.

Imo has a few minor annoyances, such as wasting a tremendous amount of screen area on bars/labels/nothing when in landscape mode, but nothing that keeps me from using it. My biggest complaint has nothing to do with Imo, but rather with AIM. Every time I turn on my PC or laptop, Pidgin will attempt to connect (as it should) and AIM will send a message to both clients complaining that you are logged in twice. There is a link to follow, but I did not find anything there that would let me get rid of this.

Imo did have a rather serious bug that I seemed to hit with regularity where it would start forgetting account details. I normally have five accounts and suddenly there would be only three or four listed. I submitted a bug report and they asked for more info, but I never heard anything more. Fortunately, I found a work around by pressing the logoff button, then logging into one account. This would cause the list to refresh and all accounts would reappear. I haven't had this happen in a while, though, so perhaps it has been fixed.

Re:IMO.IM (1)

X0563511 (793323) | more than 2 years ago | (#40291441)

Oh yay, yet another account to create. It's not enough that I have accounts for the networks I want to connect to?

Re:IMO.IM (1)

Njovich (553857) | more than 2 years ago | (#40293257)

I see a lot of people write this, but the web version of imo.im doesn't seem close to the quality of Meebo... Meebo was the best multi-protocol web messenger by a huge margin. Then again, with everyone having a phone with a bunch IM capabilities these days, it may not matter. I always used Meebo whenever I wanted to access MSN messenger, which these days is never.

Meebo android client was nice when it launched but they never updated it.

I actually like it that they are stopping the service now, as now they offer a download of your full chat history :), years of conversation coming back. I guess the owners of meebo like their piles of newfound cash from google too.

Re:IMO.IM (1)

squiggly12 (1298191) | more than 2 years ago | (#40294867)

I'm checking it out, however I can't figure out how the hell I can join chat groups for Jabber. Is there a secret button somewhere hidden in the interface? Thanks!

$1 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40290133)

Couldn't Apple (or gag Facebook) buy and maintain the IM thing for $1?

Re:$1 (0)

arkane1234 (457605) | more than 2 years ago | (#40290289)

No.

Thanks google... (2)

wbr1 (2538558) | more than 2 years ago | (#40290235)

I use Meebo IM on my android phone, very regularly. I started, because I use Yahoo messenger quite a bit (not by choice, because someone I care about does, and after logging so many messages, the android version of Yahoo IM gets crappy as hell. Every time you go to the keyboard or to the contact list, and back to a conversation with lots of past messages it is dog slow (we are talking up to 5 minutes), even though the messages are stored remotely.. it reloads/parses them EVERY time.. and crashes often.

Google Talk on android sucks too, messages may come in upto 15 minutes late or not at all, especially if you have a web gmail open somewhere with gtalk embedded. Meebo is a good fix for that too. The best I had found in alternate IM's for the phone. It is fast, light, and works, even on my low end phone.

Any slashdotters know of other LIGHT and SNAPPY, android IM clients that support Yahoo and G Talk?

Herp!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40290273)

Duh.... duh.... duh.... where's teh innovation?!?!?!

Re: where's teh innovation? (1)

real-modo (1460457) | more than 2 years ago | (#40292075)

Out of the keyboards of ACs .... this is actually a reasonable question. It's as though teh internets have become a zero-sum game, just at the same time as the "real" economy has. Some thought required here.

Google does this fairly often (2)

Tenebrousedge (1226584) | more than 2 years ago | (#40290299)

They're perhaps a little nicer about their acquisitions than Microsoft.

Still, it's quite annoying. I now have five years of chat logs that differ slightly from the pidgin html format. There's an abandoned conversion program [sourceforge.net] , but it lacks a makefile and I'm not keen on figuring out how to get it to compile. If anyone else is working on the same problem please do let me know.

The whole affair makes me really wary about switching to another online chat program, but rolling my own equivalent service seems a bit complex. For the moment I'm symlinking pidgin's history files to my dropbox account, which is probably going to be a viable solution if I feel like installing Pidgin and Dropbox on every computer I want to chat on, or perhaps carry portable versions on a thumb drive. It's too bad meebo isn't an open source project, maybe google can do us that favor.

Re:Google does this fairly often (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40292941)

There is an open source web interface for libpurple, but it's at an early stage and has only been worked on intermittently for the last few years.
it's called WebPidgin-Z [shaorang.com] which was forked from the original WebPidgin [thirdmartini.com] when it was abandoned.

At the moment it's buggy and lacking in features. If a few skilled developers got involved, we might be a year away from anybody being able to roll a meebo-equivalent on their own desktop (or LAN, or domain, or public website...)

Fuck micro$oft! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40290317)

Wait this was Google?

Somehwere Larry is stomping on a puppy.

DARN! I was hoping the Meebo bar was being killed. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40290321)

It's bad enough every app in the world wants to install a toolbar in my browser. Now every web page in the world want's to add a bunch of garbage tool bars that I can't get rid of unless I completely disable javascript. Web page toolbars have got to be one of the most annoying things web designers have cast upon us.

Re:DARN! I was hoping the Meebo bar was being kill (1)

X0563511 (793323) | more than 2 years ago | (#40291457)

adblock plus + element hiding helper = your solution. noscript is useful as well.

Hurray for capitalism (-1, Flamebait)

StripedCow (776465) | more than 2 years ago | (#40290351)

Next up: Apple acquires US telcos, Facebook acquires the e-mail protocol, Oracle acquires your favorite programming language and Twitter acquires your buttocks.

Hate it! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40290407)

SFGate [sfgate.com] started using it a few weeks ago, and I absolutely hate it! It pops up and obscures content, loads flash, and all around just sucks.

Useless (2)

khellendros1984 (792761) | more than 2 years ago | (#40290411)

Well, that sucks. Meebo has been my go-to site to sign in to IM on when I'm not at my own computer. Time to strike it from my list, I guess.

Re:Useless (1)

Brain Damaged Bogan (1006835) | more than 2 years ago | (#40290833)

i'll just leave this here:

http://www.ebuddy.com/

plus.IM also good alternative (1)

solowCX (796423) | more than 2 years ago | (#40290461)

and connects with the IM+ mobile apps.

THIS IS A SUBJECT FIELD (2, Informative)

X0563511 (793323) | more than 2 years ago | (#40291475)

I'm sorry, what connects with them? I don't see anything relevant in your message body.

Steam and Google+ seems to cover all my IM needs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40290467)

I've been using Steam and Google+ almost to the point of eliminating text messaging entirely. Both are free and cross platform. Why even bother with single purpose protocols like MSN/AIM/ICQ/Y!Messenger?

Re:Steam and Google+ seems to cover all my IM need (2)

X0563511 (793323) | more than 2 years ago | (#40291487)

... because everyone else uses them and won't switch to something else?

Chat alternatives... (1, Funny)

Darinbob (1142669) | more than 2 years ago | (#40290523)

Hmm, chat alternatives on a phone. Have you tried voice?

Re:Chat alternatives... (1)

X0563511 (793323) | more than 2 years ago | (#40291495)

So Voice can send messages to my friend in the UK who uses MSN, or my childhood friend who uses AIM? Oh, how about my mother, who likes Yahoo?

Re:Chat alternatives... (0)

adolf (21054) | more than 2 years ago | (#40292385)

Sure. Voice is agnostic to such things. It doesn't care if you're black or white, American or Tommy. It doesn't care if you like Chevy or Ford.

*shrug*

Re:Chat alternatives... (1)

Kalriath (849904) | more than 2 years ago | (#40292523)

It's on a phone, I'm pretty sure he meant "make a phone call".

Re:Chat alternatives... (1)

X0563511 (793323) | more than 2 years ago | (#40292653)

My point was that it was not a replacement solution.

Re:Chat alternatives... (1)

fatphil (181876) | more than 2 years ago | (#40293307)

But your point falls flat, as no protocol is useful when the other end doesn't support that protocol. That doesn't need saying, it's carries zero bits of information.

In my experience, for the last few decades, a mobile phone, that supports voice calls, has been the single mechanism for instantanious communication with the highest penetration (indistinguishable from 100% of all adults). No internet chat protocol has even come close to that bredth of usage.

Re:Chat alternatives... (1)

Logaan (1769744) | more than 2 years ago | (#40291583)

Google voice doesn't work outside of the U.S., you insensitive clod!

A Few Alternatives (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40290559)

I used to use Meebo on the desktop, but when I got Android I was surprised by just how bad Meebo's Android app was, so I stopped using it. Since then I've been using ebuddy, whose Android app is quite nice actually. The major downside to ebuddy is that they set your status message on every account to an advertisement for ebuddy without you necessarily knowing about it.

Some friends of mine recommended Trillian for Android. I tried it, and it works relatively well, though I still prefer ebuddy. Multi client on Android is not an ideal situation. If you can stick to one messenger and don't need multi client, then use that messenger's native app. Both Yahoo and AIM have revamped Android apps that a big improvements in efficiency and usability on mobile. Also, you can double up on messengers--use the Talk app to chat with AIM buddies, and use the Yahoo app to chat with MSN buddies (I assume the MSN/Yahoo bridge works on the mobile app). I do not like the MSN apps for Android.

Most of my IM activity has been replaced by Facebook Messenger. On Android I rely mostly on Talk and Facebook for important stuff, and any other apps are just for fun. I also use Whatsapp.

If you are just looking for XMPP, it has been mentioned in this discussion that Xabber is the way to go. I've experimented with every XMPP client I could find on Android, and Xabber is by far the best. Red Solutions also seems to be a communist-friendly company, which is a bonus for those of us on the left, although right wingers are more than welcome to use Xabber as well.

Trillian (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40290623)

Trillian

IMO (1)

jminne (521597) | more than 2 years ago | (#40290651)

I've been using the web-based IMO. It even signs into skype!

Anti-competitive (0)

Y2K is bogus (7647) | more than 2 years ago | (#40290653)

I'm sorry, but any way to slice it, that's just a straight up anti-competitive move.

I don't use Meebo, or much care about it, but Google is *clearly* using their might and cash to eliminate services. I can't decide whether it's Google trying to squash tools that marginalize the difference between competing products, thus eliminating any advantages one IM protocol has over another, or they are just trying to remove products from the landscape and further promote the mono-culture they have pushed so very hard.

Android is an utter pile of garbage, having used both Blackberry and Danger, it is a sorry second, but because Google has pushed it so hard, we live in a mono-culture of Android vs iDevice. It's been years, and Android still can't do things in a sane and successful manner, they seem to feel that going against intuition is the best way to innovate. Eliminating well understood UI concepts and relying on quirky interfaces. Apple just confounds me with the "let's take everything out that could possibly add power or confuse", and thus you are left with the "dumb" smart device.

Why does everyone agree with me when I complain about my phone, but we don't have the tools available to make our own good phones? I WANT SEND and END BUTTONS!

I'm excited to find out that Motorola has a semi-native Debian distro hiding under Android on their phones, which is only exposed via webtop. At least it's something?!

Sorry for the OT Rant, but I can't help but go on a tangent once in a while.

eBuddy (4, Informative)

Brain Damaged Bogan (1006835) | more than 2 years ago | (#40290723)

eBuddy is a nice multi-IM client for android.

Re:eBuddy (1)

zblack_eagle (971870) | more than 2 years ago | (#40293385)

If it has stopped advertising by hijacking users' IM statuses I may reconsider it

IM? (1)

DogDude (805747) | more than 2 years ago | (#40290799)

I honestly had no idea that people still "instant messaged" each other. What's the point? Why not send a text via a cell phone?

Re:IM? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40290911)

I honestly had no idea that people still "instant messaged" each other. What's the point? Why not send a text via a cell phone?

Would you like to pay for me texting to my IM contacts all over the world? I only send a couple hundred messages a day. Also, I'm sure you'll stand here and type URL:s and text blocks that I usually copy-paste to friends over IM and send those as texts as well. Oh, not to mention the MMS with images and soundfiles we share too. ...you really didn't think that through before you posted, did you?

Re:IM? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40291899)

e-mail continues to be free, doesn't impose an arbitrary message length limit, and I don't have to worry about the service "shutting down" or going away.

If the service providing my e-mail dies, I simply sign up with a different one. I don't like IM because it's a pain in the ass, there are all these fences the tech titans keep putting up to prevent users from interchanging information without being on the same service... it's all just such a pain in the ass. I've tried nearly every form of communication, at one point or another, and have settled on e-mail, mostly because it's free, fast, I can type quicker than write. I would just write notes and mail them, etc., but with e-mail I don't have to worry about postal inefficiency, incredible quantities of lag, etc.

With video-chatting via such as Skype I worry about privacy, (what if someone intercepts the video? I know e-mail can be intercepted, but that's just words, not sound and pictures... I'm a very private person). With IM I have to have the computer I'm sitting in front of have the right client, (public computers don't always have them) and with web-based e-mail, almost every publicly accessible computer that's connected to the internet has a web-browser... and posting things to people's "walls" seems strange. How do I know who can read that? How do I know whether a message posted to the wall with a link to some website that has a name like "www.a.xt/aaf8cha1!aa" isn't part of a malware distribution system?

You may call me a digital Luddite, but I'll keep my plain-text, SSL encrypted web-based e-mail, and you all can struggle with each new fly-by-night means of sharing your meaningless, pointless messages letting eachother know minute by minute what you're doing, as if it matters. Meebo, Hebo, Shebo, Theybo or Webo... the new Myspace or Facebook of 2012. Here today, gone tomorrow. Won't miss it. Looking forward to the next insignificant thing.

Re:IM? (1)

Gavagai80 (1275204) | more than 2 years ago | (#40291341)

Perhaps I'm not a masochist who wants to use a tiny screen and tiny keyboard on an under-powered device that's much less convenient than the desktop I'm sitting at?

Re:IM? (2)

jmerlin (1010641) | more than 2 years ago | (#40291973)

Availability, convenience, you name it. For instance, imagine being in an area where your have no cell phone service and you don't have access to anything but a dumb terminal but you need to communicate with someone. There's always e-mail, perhaps, but being able to jump on a messaging service by visiting a website to talk to someone is an incredibly awesome feature.

Sure, there's facebook chat and gtalk, but we're talking about a conversation we might want to be private. Neither facebook nor google have a good track record there. What's more saddening: Google's buying one of the better services. Time to make a new one or move to one someone else has made for the same reason. I've thought about making a Meebo clone on my vpserver for my personal use (and a guarantee of privacy, etc), but it's not the simplest task in the world. I am quite sad to see this service get extinguished by Google. They're really lining up the horrible headlines lately, bad decision after bad decision. We really need Eric back in the saddle. Larry seems to be a horrible CEO.

Re:IM? (2)

adolf (21054) | more than 2 years ago | (#40292409)

Have you tried using an AJAX-ey chat client on a dumb terminal?

My God, man. If there isn't an ncurses interface, at least, then count me out: I'd rather key SMTP commands directly into the recipient's mail server than try to use something like Meebo with a dumb terminal connected to a host running Links or somesuch.

That all said, I do miss ytalk.

(Sorry, but I'm simply very literal today. Yes, it's my fault. No, nothing you say will improve it.)

Re:IM? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40292307)

I too send text from my phone. To my server which then sends them to IRC network of my choice.

Re:IM? (1)

nicolaiplum (169077) | more than 2 years ago | (#40293469)

Cost.
Sending cell text messages is also not entirely reliable between networks, especially internationally to/from US cellcos.
Also, cost.

go for IRC (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40291235)

there are nuff IRC-Apps and they work great!

Google's new motto: (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40291825)

Fuck it. Be evil. Pay's better!

Re:Google's new motto: (3, Insightful)

jmerlin (1010641) | more than 2 years ago | (#40291999)

I'm quite confident it's Larry Page. A lot of really bad decisions coming from Google lately started after he was named CEO. I don't think that's a coincidence.

Meebo bar? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40292177)

Where is it? When's the happy hour?

mod Up (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40292795)

Partially on topic (1)

AbRASiON (589899) | more than 2 years ago | (#40292975)

What the hell are google thinking?

Google really should copy Apple's imessage system - we need some kind of way to contact other Android users, for free (besides chat) - it should default to a replacement or seamless app like the iphone.

I loathe apple but I have to give credit where credit is due.
These meebo folk could've helped on creating Googles all in one messaging solution that works on the desktop or mobile - putting the meebo team to Google plus is a waste

Xabber / XMPP Connectors (1)

windcask (1795642) | more than 2 years ago | (#40293757)

Pretty much every chat service out there has an XMPP gateway one can utilize. I have an account with http://www.hosted.im/ [hosted.im] that uses its own set of gateways for AIM, MSN, Facebook Chat. (Because it's XMPP based, you can add GTalk contacts directly to your hosted.im account without an additional connector.) When you sign into your single account, all the other accounts get signed into as well and you have an auto-aggregated list of all your online contacts.

TL;DR: One account, one tiny program, connects to all your services and the load of running them all is on the server, not your phone. Xabber is a great little program for this purpose.

Only for the chat (1)

Life2Death (801594) | more than 2 years ago | (#40293765)

The bar sucked, and I think most people used it for the chat. However I think they gave up on trying to support it as it kept getting worse until it stopped being improved. It had some glitches, facebook chat didnt work anymore, and my biggest gripe - the app for android blew because it didnt let you log in with the same account, total fail.

Gibberbot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40294471)

Gibberbot is a great XMPP/Jabber client for Android that supports OTR messaging.

IM+ (1)

LordStormes (1749242) | more than 2 years ago | (#40294527)

Has a free version, does ICQ,AIM,GTalk,Facebook,MSN,Yahoo (Yahoo implementation is a little buggy for me, but YMMV), and its own protocol "Bump". The paid version is $5, no ads, Skype support, etc. Both versions do push messaging, simple and clean interface. Highly recommend.

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