5 Alternatives To Meebo For Web-Based Multi-Protocol Instant Messaging

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meebo alternativeGoogle recently purchased Meebo and will be shutting it down on July 11. If you use Meebo to chat in your browser or on your mobile device, you’ll need to find an alternative service. Luckily, there are plenty of great cross-protocol web apps to take Meebo’s place. If you’re a Meebo user, you may also want to download your chat logs – you can only do this until July 11.

Google will be maintaining that Meebo bar you see all over the web, but the service you’ve come to know and love is no more – Google’s moving the Meebo team over to Google+. All of these options are very capable services – your preference may just come down to which interface you like best.


imo.im is one of the best alternatives to Meebo. It’s got an online chat interface and mobile apps for Android, iOS, and Blackberry. It was developed by ex-Google employees and its simple, uncluttered interface feels like something Google would develop, if they were serious about maintaining a multi-protocol chat application.

We’ve done in-depth reviews of the imo.im website and imo.im Android app in the past, although both the website and app have been updated since then.

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Trillian For Web

You may remember Trillian as a desktop chat application for Windows. If you haven’t checked out Trillian in a while, be prepared for a surprise – Trillian now has a slick web interface, along with clients for Android, iOS, Blackberry – and yes, even desktop clients for Windows and OS X. Trillian synchronizes your information between the web and desktop clients – so you can run Trillian on your desktop and log into Trillian on the web elsewhere. Your buddy list and settings will be shared between each Trillian client.

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Trillian is mostly free and ad-supported, although you can also pay $1 a month for Trillian Pro to hide the ads and store your chat logs online.

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IM+ is another well-designed, web-based chat application that supports a wide variety of networks. It’s got mobile apps for a wide variety of platforms – everything from Android and iOS to WebOS and Windows Phone.

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eBuddy has been around since 2003 under the name e-Messenger, so it’s quite a mature service. Like the other options here, eBuddy has mobile apps for Android and iOS.


Network-Specific Websites

You can also use each network’s online interface to send messages. This isn’t a bad option if you only use or two chat networks, but quickly becomes unwieldy if you use more than that.

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If you’re not too tied to web apps, you might try a desktop chat application. Pidgin, Digsby, Miranda, and even the desktop version of Trillian are all well-reviewed multi-protocol chat applications.

For more great web apps, check out our list of the best 100+ websites. Or, if you’re looking for mobile apps, check out our lists of the best Android apps, best iPhone apps, or best Windows Phone 7 apps.

What’s your preferred web-based instant-messaging system? Leave a comment and let us know.

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Vampie C.

I use Imo.im all the time.
On my android and on my PC.

I don’t even have a instant messaging installed anymore.
It’s multiprotocol, its mobile, it’s lightweight.
So it’s just awesome.

You even can start discussions on it, with random people who are interested in the subject you start.

Chris Hoffman

Yeah, imo.im is my favorite web-based one (although I’m still using Pidgin on my desktop) — that’s why it’s first in the list!


Linda Woodrow

I have a Meebome widget on my moodle, that allows students to message me with those quick little questions that they would think too dumb to email or message me about. I’ve been trying to find something that will replace it. Any tips?

Chris Hoffman

Hmm, I’ve never used that sort of thing, so I’m not super familiar with it. I can’t reccomend anything myself. However, I Googled up this post for you: http://libraryh3lp.blogspot.ca/2012/06/meebo-migrations-alternatives-for.html

It seems to have some good ideas that would be worth looking into. It’s too bad Google is pulling the rug out from under people on such short notice.

Linda Woodrow

Thanks Chris. I had bookmarked that too. Sadly, nothing in there is as neat and elegant a solution as meebome. I’m hanging out till July 11, hoping a last minute solution appears!



Brosix could be a good Meebo Alternative.

Chekx out the news:

Chris Hoffman

“Even though Brosix isn’t a “connect to any instant messenger” service…”

Looks like it’s something else entirely — some people may find it worthwhile, but it’s quite different from Meebo.


Shahid Anjum

imo.im is my favorite of them all…i always use imo.im.

Chris Hoffman

Two votes for imo.im! I knew it, it is the best.



IMO.im is as good as they come, I hook it up with Gtalk and sync it with ClickDesk – love it.

After reading I should probably play around with the other apps mentioned as well :)

Chris Hoffman

Yeah, I personally prefer imo.im. But there are a lot of options, even though Meebo croaked on us.

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