If you’ve never been to either of my business websites you’ve missed this:

And this:

You see those little boxes on the main page of each site there on the bottom left? Those boxes are something that the online messaging service Meebo, which I wrote about back in 2009, allowed you to use to help your business communicate with customers in real time. If someone came to the page and wanted to talk to me, they could write me a message, and if I had Meebo loaded up at the time I could talk back to them.

I always talked this up in social media seminars I put on as a way to not only communicate with consumers, but in many instances businesses could install this on their intranet and then be able to talk to each other. Of course they could have just gone to the regular Meebo page and done the same thing.

So last week when I heard that Google purchased Meebo, I wondered what was coming down the pike. Well, if you read this story, you’ll see that Google is shutting down Meebo as of July 11th, and as of now they’ve already shut down the little communications windows, which was called MeeboMe, and thus I have to go and remove them from my site; sigh…

I have to say that I liked having the box there, but in being truthful I didn’t get to use it often. I would announce on Twitter when I was having “office hours”, but most of the time people didn’t come during that time. It seems it was a hit or miss thing, but even so I liked its being there for those couple of times when someone did stop by and drop me a message.

Now, I’m not sure what I’m going to do. Maybe nothing, but that’s not quite my style. I’ll have to think about it a bit, but if any of you have an idea of a similar idea let me know and I’ll check it out. Goodbye Meebo.

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