I don’t know whether “closed” is the correct word or not to mention Meebo after it was acquired by Google. The clear is, after it was acquired by Google with USD 100 million value, this instant messaging service had been non-activated since previous July 11th 2012.
The news said, Meebo team now is connected with Google+ team to integrated their features in the social network. Hundred millions of Meebo user surely “neglected” by this acquisition. If you’re one of Meebo user, don’t be sad. There are ten alternative instant messaging services with similar benefits and you can use them for free. Here is the list of those ten Meebo’s alternative instant messaging services:
1. imo.im (Web Apps, Mobile Apps)
Having so many instant messenger account? You can unite it into one in imo.im. This instant messaging service is supported almost all popular instant messenger such as Yahoo Messenger, Skype, MSN, Google Talk, Facebook, AIM/ICQ, MySpace, Jabber, Hyves hingga VKontakte and Steam.
You can do group chat, sending voice IM, also accessing chat history quickly. To find out what “inside” imo.im, feel free to watch this video:
imo.im can be accessed directly from this link:
imo.im also has mobile application which supported various smartphone platform.
imo.im application for Android:
imo.im application for Blackberry:
imo.im application for Symbian:
imo.im application for iPhone:
imo.im application for iPad:
2. Trilian (Windows, Mac, Web Apps, Mobile Apps)
This Instant Messaging once was reviewed in PusatGratis some moments ago. This service supported Yahoo Messenger, Facebook Chat, AIM, Gtalk, ICQ, MySpace, and Jabber.
Trilian can be accessed from this link:
This IM service already has various software and application can be installed in desktop or mobile:
Trilian software for Windows:
Trilian application for Mac OS:
Trilian application for iOS:
Trilian application for Android:
Unfortunately, Trilian application for BlackBerry is not free and sold with $4.99 price
3. eBuddy (Web Apps, Mobile Apps)
eBuddy is my favorite instant messaging service when I still used Nokia cell phone (Symbian). This service support some popular IM service such as MSN, Yahoo, Gtalk, Facebook, ICQ, MySpace dan AIM (AOL).
eBuddy can be accessed via this link:
eBuddy also has mobile application supported some platforms:
eBuddy application for iPhone:
eBuddy application for Android:
eBuddy application for Java Mobile:
4. Pidgin (Windows, Mac, Linux)
Pidgin is an open source chat client which is quite popular. No wonder because Pidgin supports almost all IM service existed today, started from AIM, Google Talk, IRC, MySpaceIM, Sametime, Zephyr, Bonjour, Groupwise, MSN, SILC, XMPP, Gadu-Gadu, ICQ, MXit, SIMPLE, also Yahoo Messenger.
Pidgin can be downloaded for free here:
5. Instantbird (Windows, Mac, Linux)
The same as Thunderbird or Firefox, Instantbird is one product of Mozilla. Instantbird supports AIM, Yahoo Messenger, Google Talk, Facebook Chat to twitter! This Software also supports add-on just like Thunderbird or Firefox.
Instantbird can be downloaded for free here:
6. Digsby (Windows)
As chat client, Digsby supports various internet messenger such as AIM, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, Google Talk, Jabber and Facebook Chat. But beside that, Digsby also has other features such as email client, social network manager, also file transfer manager!
Digsby can be downloaded for free here:
7. Miranda IM (Windows)
If you searched for fast and light IM Client, even can be accessed without installing it (portable), then Miranda IM probably the software suitable for you. Miranda IM supports AIM, Facebook Chat, Gadu-Gadu, IAX, ICQ, IRC, Jabber, MSN, Netsend, Tlen, Yahoo Messenger, etc. Although it is light, Miranda IM can add various plugins to raise its capability. Until now, there have been more than 350 plugins available for Miranda IM.
Miranda IM can be downloaded for free here:
8. Adium (Mac)
Adium is an open source IM client for Mac OS which supports AIM, MSN, Yahoo Messenger, Gtalk, Twitter, Facebook Chat, XMPP, Bounjour, IRC, ICQ, Mobile Me, LiveJournal Talk, StatusNet, Lotus Sametime, Novell Groupwise, and Gadu-Gadu. Quite complete, isn’t it?
Adium can be downloaded for free here:
9. qutIM (Windows, Linux, Mac, Symbian)
qutIM display is so simple. In default, this software only supported ICQ, Jabber, IRC, Mail.ru Agent, and VKontakte saja. But if you add quetzal plugin, so qutIM will also support AIM, MySpaceIM, Sametime, Zephyr, Bonjour, Groupwise, MSN, SILC, Gadu-Gadu, MXit, SIMPE and Yahoo Messenger. It will be complete, won’t it?
qutIM can be downloaded for free here:
10. Spicebird (Windows, Linux)
Actually Spicebird is not specified itself as chat client. However, there’s one of its feature combined some instant messenger into one. Instant messengers supported are Gtalk, Jabber, Yahoo Messenger, MSN and ICQ. Other feature of this Spicebird are Calendar and Email client.
Spicebird can be downloaded for free here:
Fyuh… it’s quite tiring wrote this long :D But finally it is finished. I wish the list of ten alternative instant messaging after Meebo was closed would be useful for you. Enjoy chatting! :D