When we first heard rumors that Google was interested in acquiring Meebo, we weren't sure exactly which of the startups products appealed to the search giant. Then, when the rumors became a reality, it became fairly obvious that the Meebo team would be joining up with Google+. We expected that would mean that Meebo's past products (of which there have been several) would see their final days — but we didn't expect that those days would come quite so quickly. Meebo has announced that is it discontinuing Meebo Messenger, Sharing on Meebo, Meebo me, and all Meebo mobile apps on July 11th. Users of the the messaging services and apps now have just one short month to settle on a cross-IM-service alternative.

Interestingly, Meebo says that the "Meebo Bar will continue to be available to publishers and will see continued improvements and new features in the weeks and months ahead." The bar is a tool that websites can place at the bottom of their pages as an overlay that provides sharing and social options. The disclaimer on that bar already says "Powered by Google," so it's not crazy to think that the company has designs to implement something like the Meebo Bar for Google+ sharing around the web.