Google discontinues Meebo Bar on June 6

Google's website publishers tool, Meebo bar, is retiring after 5 years out on the field. The bar was a tool that publishers could put on their site for users to share to social networks and often featured links to the sites Facebook, Twitter account or other relevant pages that the user could pick. 

Google today announced that it will be closing the service in an effort to focus its resources towards its Google+ Sign-In service and other plug-ins for the social network. The company says that after the 6th of June, all installs of the the code will stop working. 

Meebo was acquired last year by Google which it subsequently added a strong emphasis on its Google+ platform. By closing this service and putting more emphasis on Google+, it's clear that Google is trying to keep users on its own social network, instead of trying to let users post content on rival networks. 

Google launched its Google+ Sign-In as a direct competitor to Facebook connect which many websites and other networks use for users to log-on to their services. 

Here's Google's announcement:

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.

Sincerely,
Sandy, Seth, and the Meebo Team

Google has been on a bit of a spring clean lately, clearing out a few of its services - most notably Google Reader which it will shut down on July 1st. 

Source: The Next Web | Image via Google

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Honestly, I really dislike it when companies like Google purchase a service like Meebo or something just to close it down a while later...

caesar said,
I still don't get it why they purchased Meebo in the first place..Meebo was great on it own.

No joke! I loved using Meebo's Web Messenger.. didn't care at all for the website toolbar though.

you mean it's not some fake facebook popup-type thing on random websites?? I always thought it was a fake toolbar/spam thing. it's real?? I've ever come across it on occasion, just ignored it..

I love Google+, especially after their last update a month or 2 ago, I can now upload photos in their original resolution as they were taken by the professional camera to Google+ / Picasa

It is not a big deal for a normal user, but if you have a professional camera and you want people to see the photos in their best, there is just no alternative to Google+ (must enable full resolution from the settings)

I also love the Gallery integration, I have large amount of photos, many GB more than the space on any phone, they are all on plus as private and they are all available on the Android phone, it is just beauty.

I also found so many software developers at Plus, and their communities feature is nice as well, I just feel I am surrounded with smart people there

What are you talking about, I can upload my pictures full res to Facebook, you can do that since forever. I'm not on Android but WP8, no way I would receive that kinda integration with Google+ since Google refuses to support WP8 in any way, shape or form. So I hope you can stay tied in with Android, cause if you switch platforms, byebye neat integration.
My gallery on Facebook however, is accesable on every device that can access the internet, completely integrated into my phone's photo album.

Shadowzz said,
What are you talking about, I can upload my pictures full res to Facebook, you can do that since forever.

since forever? full res? facebook? can you just be sober for one day only?

I don't use Windows Phone, so I don't care about other platform support, I want more Google+ to Android support. I want more integration.

I love the circles, I think Facebook has it now under different name.

only mark zuckerberg could build a social network like what we have today....all google did was to execute on a list of product features in hopes of attracting people....Mark Zuckerberg, on the other hand, started out with little, but gradually expanded with more...

Ezekiel Carsella said,
has 350 million active users.

Am I counted as "active" when I accidentally click the Google+ button from the Google homepage?