Meebo: The Finest Chat Gateway

For few days, I’ve been playing around with Meebo – a HTTP based chat application – with it ability to passing blocked protocol for some restricted network environment. It working great with major IM (Instant Messaging) services such as Yahoo Messenger (YM), AIM, Google Chat, MSN & other services which using jabber protocol. No doubt, this is the finest chat gateway ever since Meebo using HTTP port. Nothing can stop the link between connection to your IM friends.

It’s first interface on it site shows 4 major IM services login and also a global Meebo account validation. The login process are quite fast when I tried my YM account. For more, the main panel are similar to YM. My friend IDs and their online status also retrieved completely on it.

The chat transaction are so fun and easy. No wonder, I guess the developer are already using AJAX concept for its interactivity. Behind the advantages, there is a small number of lack when you use Meebo. You have to always focused on the Meebo monitor since its using the browser screen capability (I’ve been tested it on Internet Explorer 7 and Mozilla FireFox 2). You will never know when your friend are getting touch you, except its blink on the main panel in the browser display (even that the panel and the child chat window are able to change its state to pop-up or pop-in).

In other chances, I also tried the desktop version. It was developed with Visual Basic (?) by someone else who fanatics with Meebo. I thought that the desktop version are more identically with the original IM application, but it doesn’t. The concept are just simply put the web version into a web component compiler (TWebBrowser in Delphi or WebBrowser in Visual Basic). It is still no notification when your friend are try communicating to you. One thing for sure, there is an added value for the desktop version, it can minimized to system tray. In other words, you don’t have to wasting time to back again to the browser window and your current work application anymore. But, I was so confused since it’s installer required the .NET framework to operate well. Is there any relation between the requirement with its capability to minimized?


Eko Wahyudiharto
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  1. Anonymous Anonymous said,

    Friday, March 09, 2007 9:35:00 AM

    Nowadays there is a lot of IM application for mobile phone. I have try out turbo MSN, etc.

    Up to now, I find out that there is a good application to share with you guys here. Anyone heard of mig33? The application allows us to use Instant Messenger [Yahoo, MSN, and AOL], cheap calls, SMS and chat room. You can have a try on the application at

    Other than that, the application is free to download. There will be only charges for GPRS usage [Telco charge] and mig33 will only charge for voice calls and SMS only. Others like chat room and IM are all free.

    After I notice about this application, I have deleted all my previous IM because I prefer to use this. Everything builds in one application. That’s sound great.

  2. Blogger Eko Wahyudiharto said,

    Friday, March 09, 2007 3:16:00 PM

    Yes, it is true mr. anonymous. mig33 is one of several mobile IM alternative solution. Actually, there were unique phenomenon happened here; Most of Indonesian people are not interest in mobile messaging. They are much enjoyed to access the IM services from PC.

    Anyway, I appreciate for your comments...

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