Open sourcing Meebo with soashableIM

What happens when you cross web-based IM with open source? You get soashableIM.

Now this is cool. I've been thinking lately that a web-based instant messaging (IM) service like Meebo would be all the better if it could be easily integrated into other applications by making itself available as open source. Perhaps my support team could then build it into their support portal, for example?

Well, the folks at soashable have done just that. They've basically built a Meebo clone and licensed it under the GNU General Public License Version 2.

We've got DimDim for web conferencing. Ringside Networks for social networking. SoashableIM for web-based IM. All the tools are there to build some killer, open-source based websites.

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    Matt Asay is chief operating officer at Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Prior to Canonical, Matt was general manager of the Americas division and vice president of business development at Alfresco, an open-source applications company. Matt brings a decade of in-the-trenches open-source business and legal experience to The Open Road, with an emphasis on emerging open-source business strategies and opportunities. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mjasay.


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