We won't have the Meebo bar to kick around any more. A year after Google acquired the makers of the social networking web page plug-in, the company has shut down the Meebo bar and integrated its team with Google+. "We have decided to focus our resources on initiatives like the recently launched Google+ Sign-In (which includes interactive posts and over-the-air app installs) and the Google+ plug-ins," Meebo said in a post on its website.
Unlike the decision to shut down Google Reader, the end of Meebo hasn't generated much outrage since it was announced last year. While it started as an instant messenger embedded on websites, it morphed into a tool publishers used to generate traffic and revenue by exhorting readers to share stories in a pop-up that appeared at the bottom of every article page. It was the subject of intense criticism for years.
Now the team will work on integrating Google+ into other websites, a high priority for Google's social team. Here's hoping Meebo's future work at Google is less obtrusive than its signature product.