Today the folks behind Meebo, the cloud-centric IM startup, confirmed on the company blog that the product will be acquired by Google. In their words:
We are happy to announce that Meebo has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Google!
For more than seven years we've been helping publishers find deeper relationships with their users and to make their sites more social and engaging. Together with Google, we're super jazzed to roll up our sleeves and get cracking on even bigger and better ways to help users and website owners alike.
We've had a blast building Meebo so far and we're really excited to start the next leg of our journey.
The news comes on the heels of reports in May that Google was eyeing a purchase of the company. At that time, All Things D claimed the asking price was around $100m, though the exact figure has yet to be revealed by either party. The company recently pivoted away from a straight forward cloud chat client to an odd mixture of personal social metrics and competitive sharing. It appears that Google is mostly interested in the "social publisher" tools Meebo recently began offering.
A Google spokesperson has just shared a statement from the company, providing its take on the move (and stating rather clearly that the Meebo crew will be integrated with the Google+ team):
We are always looking for better ways to help users share content and connect with others across the web, just as they do in real life. With the Meebo team's expertise in social publisher tools, we believe they will be a great fit with the Google+ team. We look forward to closing the transaction and working with the Meebo team to create more ways for users to engage online.