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How Meebo Works


Meebo Me and Other Tools
­Meebome is a widget that lets users post their blog so visitors can IM directly.
­Meebome is a widget that lets users post their blog so visitors can IM directly.
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Meebo Me and other tools give Meebo users expanded use of Meebo functions. Meebo Me allows users to add real-time chat to their own Web pages, while Meebo Repeater lets them use Meebo to IM when access is restricted. Meebo Mobile provides access from iPhone and is being developed for other wireless devices. Let's take a closer look at each of these.

Meebo Me

If you add a Meebo Me chat window to your personal Web site, blog or page of a social network like MySpace, visitors will know you're online and be able to chat with you right away. Meebo Me works on a Web page anywhere that html and a Flash widget can be imbedded, including Wordpress, Blogger, MySpace, Friendster and salesforce.com.

  1. Go to Meebo and create a widget, which will appear as a small screen on your Web site. You'll be asked to title the widget and pick a screen name. You can choose the widget's size and color and customize the text. Click "Next."
  2. Enter your Meebo ID and password on the screen and click "Next" again.
  3. On the next screen, you'll see code to copy and paste from a text box into your Web site html. Once you do that, visitors will be able to IM with you directly.

People who visit your Web site will appear on your Meebo buddy list as new visitors. They can start a conversation with you by just typing a message in the widget's text area. For more help, go to Meebo Me wiki.

Meebo Repeater

With Meebo Repeater, you may be able to use Meebo from a site where access is restricted. The downloadable software shifts web traffic from one computer to another and then to Meebo servers. When the software is installed on a computer with free access to the Internet, such as a home computer, that computer can be used to bounce the signal from a blocked location to Meebo.

The Meebo repeater can only be used to access Meebo and to IM, so it doesn't give outsiders access to the home computer. Once you download and run the repeater, it activates, tests the connection and provides a URL for you to use to access Meebo.

Meebo Mobile

In August 2007, Meebo launched its first version for a wireless device, the iPhone, with plans to develop interfaces for more devices. To use Meebo on an iPhone, log into Meebo. With Meebo Mobile, you can access your usual account and use the same settings. You get chat history for all of your buddies and can reach buddies on all of your IM networks.

Meebo is growing developmentally as well as in new user volume. From the beginning, users have played a key role. Its founders chose to launch Meebo light on features and then build as users requested. That's been the company's lifeblood, co-founder Seth Sternberg said in an interview with SEOmoz after Meebo received one of the Web site consulting firm's 2006 Web 2.0 awards [source: Seomoz]. Meebo uses an on-site blog to update users and a forum to gather their feedback and requests for new features. Count on Meebo to expand its offerings based on that input.

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