Thursday, October 22, 2009

Instant Messaging Made Easy

Through the years instant messaging has gotten more and more popular. I am old enough to remember the days when Compuserve, Prodigy, and AOL seemingly ruled the internet. When the smart and savvy internet crawler, used IRC. Well interestingly while some companies have fallen, and other services have emerged, Instant messaging has remained. Now the names include Myspace IM, Yahoo, MSN, AIM (Aol's instant messanger), & Facebook to name a few. However each of these clients have their own messanger to install, and if your like me you may not want to install all of those programs. Especially if your on someone elses computer but need to talk to a friend. Thats why Meebo, is my favorite way to message.

Instead of having to install something, you can message right from your browser with out installing anything if you want.

Of course this can be a little annoying keeping a browser open on your computer all the time to recieve messages, so the great people at Meebo created the notifier. Install this on your main computer and this one program keeps you logged on without having to run each of those programs, and it notifies you when you get a message. or whatever else you tell it to notify you for. With only a small memory footprint.

Greatest thing is when you get a message all you have to do is click on it and it opens up your browser of choice and opens up the meebo window.

If you have Android there is even a client for your Android phone also!

But don't take my word for it, Check it out for yourself learn first hand. By trying it out. Tell us what you think in the comment here.

For me Meebo stands for:




However Technically this is their explanation of their name.

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Many of you have asked us what the name meebo means, where it comes from, etc. Unfortunately for those of you who were expecting some sort of juicy story, meebo is not a secret acronym or an inside joke. As far as we know, it doesn’t translate to anything — the closest definition is the Mouse Exonic Evidence Based Oligonucleotide (MEEBO) but that’s totally unrelated to us :)

So a while back we were eating lunch at CPK one afternoon, and because we were bored, we thought it’d be fun to do a brain dump of possible product name ideas.
We wrote down all the possible names we could think of on a napkin. Two syllables were a requirement and Elaine leaned heavily towards names that started with the letter M. It had to have no prior association and the spelling had to be easy enough so that if you heard it, you could spell it. (It took us weeks to come up with a good logo but it all worked out =p)

We came up with about fifty before we started repeating ourselves (the napkin got kind of inky by that point). The waitress also started giving us looks because by then, we’d started playing enunciation games and arguing over who had better spelling skills =p. Driving back home, we entered all fifty names — one by one — into a browser and eliminated all but something like five, because the rest were taken. After playing with variations on the few remaining, we picked
meebo and voila!

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