The reason most people do not like when a larger company—like Google—acquires a smaller company is that the smaller usually begins to shut down services. We have seen it happen a ton, and Google’s acquisition of Meebo is no different. Just after the acquisition was announced earlier this week, Engadget reported that Meebo would begin shutting down a number of its services starting July 11. Among the features being axed are Meebo Messenger, Sharing on Meebo, MeeboMe, and all the mobile apps that Meebo makes available. The closing down of services is most likely happening because the Meebo team is set to work on Google+ features.
Meebo did state that they plan to keep its Bar product alive for a few more months, and it will make chat logs and history available for download. Is anyone upset?
More on Meebo:
- Meebo enters into acquisition agreement with Google (9to5google.com)
- Google reportedly close to buying social startup Meebo for roughly $100 million (9to5google.com)