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This is huge!

Here’s the release:

We have some exciting news! Meebo has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Google. Both companies have approved the transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions.

With the Meebo team’s expertise in social publisher tools, Google believes that we will be a great fit with the Google+ team as we work together to create more ways for users to engage online.

Google has long been a pioneer in search, mobile and social.  We share a similar product vision, and more importantly a similar culture. Google is a place we feel we can take Meebo to the next level, and we are excited to roll up our sleeves and continue to create great products for great publishers that delight all of our users.

As we begin the transition, the below FAQ will help answer your most pressing questions about the state of your Meebo partnership. Of course, feel free to reach out to us with questions anytime.

Sincerely,

The Meebo team

FAQ

Q: Why has Google agreed to acquire Meebo?

A: Google is 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, they believe that we will be a great fit with the Google+ team. We look forward to closing the acquisition and working together to create more ways for users to engage online. Both companies have approved the transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions.

Q: How will this acquisition benefit publishers?

A: The acquisition centers on our product focus around creating more ways for visitors to be more engaged with your site and with each other, leading to increased traffic and time on site.

Q: What kind of changes can we expect to the Meebo Bar as a product?

A: Following the closing, publishers can expect some near-term changes to the bar that will be immediately beneficial, including a closer connection to Google+, a lighter form factor, and more.

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