Jun 4th, 2012

Google’s buying up more and more property as they are now the owners of Meebo, an instant messaging firm who’ve since introduced the Meebo Bar, a social messaging system that can be used to add chat features to any site.

Don’t get too happy (or sad) just yet: this doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll be getting a chat bar on desktop versions of Google+, although we do wish Google would allow us to use Messenger. Google is using the obligatory PR tongue to describe what they’re doing with Meebo:

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.

So anything is possible at this point. Meebo could be helping Google with something completely unrelated to Messenger, or they could be. Or something. Either way, we’ll be keeping a close eye on this one. The deal, worth an undisclosed amount, has yet to be closed but we see now reason they will have to overcome any huge obstacles. Meebo was reportedly valued at $100 million. [via Gizmodo]