Google has announced it will soon retire its Meebo Bar publishing tool in a bid to focus more on its Google and other plugins for the social networking service. The tool will be retired with effect from June 6.
Google notified the users of Meebo Bar through e-mail and also posted a message on the site. he Meebo Bar Dashboard and any analytics will be though available until June 30.
Meebo, which was taken over by Google last year, is a popular messaging service includes several products relating to ads and social networking, one of which is Meebo Bar. The tool is meant for web publishers and aims to make it easier for visitors to “discover, browse, and share content on their site.”
Here's what Google announced in post:
Five years ago, we launched the Meebo Bar to bring community, engagement, and revenue to publisher sites.
As part of the Google team, this continues to be our focus, but we want to best serve mobile and desktop publishers moving forward. Therefore, we have decided to focus our resources on initiatives like the recently launched Google Sign-In (which includes interactive posts and over-the-air app installs) and the Google plug-ins.
This means we will retire the Meebo Bar, effective June 6, 2013.
Thank you for being a Meebo Bar publisher. We have truly appreciated the opportunity to serve you.
Sandy, Seth, and the Meebo Team