MySpace, Facebook IM come to Meebo

The Web-based chat service now has the two social networks' IM hooked up along with the likes of AIM, Yahoo, and Windows Live.

Web-based chat company Meebo has announced that it now supports MySpace and Facebook's instant-messaging services. That adds to a lineup that already includes Google Talk, AOL Instant Messenger, Yahoo Instant Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, and ICQ.

"Today's announcement reflects Meebo's long-time goal of offering open access to all IM and social-networking users, as well as providing them with the best IM experience possible," co-founder and CEO Seth Sternberg said in a release. "People have friends across a variety of different social networks, and Meebo is a place where they can come for real-time social interactions with these friends, at any time."

MySpace launched MySpaceIM last year , and this year Facebook launched Facebook Chat . Neither has been a wild hit, but adding them to Meebo's arsenal certainly gives the ad-supported service access to a bigger audience. A number of other universal IM clients--like Trillian, Adium, and Digsby-- already support either or both of them.

Meebo also has launched a "Community IM" project to power instant messaging on other social sites like Flixster and MyYearbook.

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Caroline McCarthy, a CNET News staff writer, is a downtown Manhattanite happily addicted to social-media tools and restaurant blogs. Her pre-CNET resume includes interning at an IT security firm and brewing cappuccinos.

 

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