Search engine Giant Google Inc is reportedly buying Meebo – the browser based instant messaging app – for close to $100 million according AllThingD.
Founded in 2005 in Mountain View, California by Seth Sternberg, Elaine Wherry and Sandy Jen, Meebo was one of the first browser based instant messaging platform that notched up a huge user base relatively quickly. Since then, the Company has been experimenting with ideas and offerings, including the Meebo Bar for bloggers and content publishers that lets them add a persistent social sharing and advertising overlay on their sites and more recently a somewhat vague tool for users that says “create an interest profile to get new and timely information about the things that matter to you.”
To date, Meebo has raised $62.5 million in venture capital funding. The most recent funding occurred in 2010 and consisted of $25 million in a round led by Khosla Ventures with participation from Sequoia Capital and Draper Fisher Jurvetson.
Neither Meebo nor Google could be reached for comment on this news.