Google acquires Meebo (Update)

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Meebo has just posted on their company blog that they’ve been acquired by the big G. While the rumours of the acquisition have been around for a few weeks, with All Things D reporting on the acquisition back in May for $100m, it’s the first time that its been made official, obviously. The final price is also still unknown, but here is the script from the blog post which looks like it’s down at the moment:

We are happy to announce that Meebo has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Google!

For more than seven years we’ve been helping publishers find deeper relationships with their users and to make their sites more social and engaging. Together with Google, we’re super jazzed to roll up our sleeves and get cracking on even bigger and better ways to help users and website owners alike.

We’ve had a blast building Meebo so far and we’re really excited to start the next leg of our journey.

Google has now released a statement saying:

We are always looking for better ways to help users share content and connect with others across the web, just as they do in real life. With the Meebo team’s expertise in social publisher tools, we believe they will be a great fit with the Google+ team. We look forward to closing the transaction and working with the Meebo team to create more ways for users to engage online.

What will Google do with the company? [edit: statement above] Who knows. Maybe an improved Google Chat and/or integration with the Meebo social network…thing. Who knows? Google does. And we’ll be tracking this as more news becomes available.

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