The search engine giant has declared that Meebo Bar Publishing Tool will be shut down on June 6 in order to focus more on its Google + Sign-in facility and other plug-ins for its Social Network. Emails were sent to the users of Meebo Bar to inform them about the retirement of the publishing tool. However, the company has decided to keep the Meebo Bar dashboard and analytics active until June 30.
Meebo, which was procured by Google in June 2012, is a messaging service that rolled out numerous products and services for social networking and advertising — Meebo bar is one of those products. Meebo bar is presently something that web publishers’ loves to add to their websites to assist the visitors to browse, explore and share any media or content on their website.
Meebo bas was integrated with more Google + functionalities after it was bought up by the search engine giant. As some people might anticipate, with this procurement, the two companies will observe some incorporation of their teams. Till now, it seems that it has been carried out with Google+, so it is logical to think that Google has something under its sleeves to help Google+ grow further.
Spokesman of Meebo said that its publishing tool had been in the market for around 5 years and all the installation codes will stop working after June 6. Publishers who desire to remove the code before, can surely do that and Google advises to carry out the code removal tasks using CMSs (WordPress, Joomla, Blogger etc) . Moreover, cistoms widgets that had been created using Meebo Bar can be easily saved within the Dashboard of Meebo Bar
Here’s Google’s declaration of retiring Meebo Bar:
Five years ago, we launched the Meebo Bar to bring community, engagement, and revenue to publisher sites.
As part of the Google team, this continues to be our focus, but we want to best serve mobile and desktop publishers moving forward. Therefore, 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.
This means we will retire the Meebo Bar, effective June 6, 2013.
Thank you for being a Meebo Bar publisher. We have truly appreciated the opportunity to serve you.
Sandy, Seth, and the Meebo Team
By concentrating more on Google+, it appears that the company is trying to pass information to other services, instead of trying to retain more content and users on its social network. The company has introduced Google+ Sign-in 2 months back to confront Facebook connect and to substitute Google Accounts login protocol.