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Google shutters Meebo Bar, team to work on Google+ features

updated 02:06 pm EDT, Mon April 29, 2013

Social toolbar to shut down on June 6th

Google is going to close the Meebo Bar tool on June 6th, almost an entire year after the Meebo social service was discontinued by the search company. The social toolbar, appearing on a number of sites and providing connectivity to Facebook, Google+ and Twitter, will cease functioning, forcing website owners to remove the feature from their pages.

A message on the Meebo site by the team states "we have decided to focus our resources on initiatives like the recently laynched Google+ Sign In and the Google+ Plug-ins." Support pages suggest removing the Meebo Bar earlier than that date, with webmasters able to download Meebo Bar analytics until the end of June.

Meebo was acquired by Google in June 2012 for a reported $100 million. The web-based instant message client and various services were pulled offline by Google shortly afterward, but the Meebo Bar remained active, likely due to the popularity of its minimal advertising and social sharing features.

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