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The details regarding how much Google spent on its Meebo purchase are unclear at this point

In an attempt to increase Google+'s activity, Google is acquiring social networking company Meebo for a reported $100 million USD.

Other specific details regarding the acquisition are unclear at this point, but the announcement of the acquisition was made Monday.

"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," said Google in a statement. "With the Meebo team's expertise in social publisher tools, we believe they will be a great fit with the Google Plus team."

Google launched its social network Google+ as an invite-only service back in July 2011. Many believed the new site would challenge Facebook, which long held the title as king of the social networks (and still does).

Google+ grew quickly, obtaining 20 million visitors by late July. The social network was opened up to everyone in September 2011, and today, Google+ has 170 million users total. However, growth isn't really the issue for Google; rather, the amount of user activity seems to be troubling the search giant.

In October 2011, Google+ Vice President of Product Bradley Horowitz discussed Google+'s reception and activity. Many said that the hype for Google+ died off quickly, and people resumed their Facebook/Twitter-related digital lives. But Horowitz said Google+ wasn't meant to be a Facebook or Twitter rival, just a better Google experience. In addition, he mentioned that two-thirds of the activity on Google+ was private sharing, which is apparently why the site seemed like a ghost town.

Google has since made plenty of advertisements for its social network and tried harder to draw people to it when logging in to their Gmail accounts. Now, Google is taking the next step and purchasing Silicon Valley-based Meebo in an effort to make Google+ a powerful social network with as much activity as Facebook, which has over 900 million active users.

"Together with Google, we're super jazzed to roll up our sleeves and get cracking on even bigger and better ways to help users and website owners alike," said Meebo in a blog post.

Meebo currently has an audience of over 100 million users in the U.S.

Sources: San Francisco Chronicle, AllThingsD

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+ had me and then they lost me
By agent2099 on 6/5/2012 10:38:32 PM , Rating: 3
I was actually using Google plus more than Facebook until Google began adding spam to everyone's account. Google, I don't want to see status updates from people I don't even know when I log into my plus account. I especially don't want to see it at the top of the page and I have to scroll down half a page just to see what my friends have posted lately.

By wifiwolf on 6/6/2012 3:03:42 PM , Rating: 2
They didn't lose me because there are compelling discussions I still have with various groups I've subscribed (most software developer stuff) this is my actual social app use, so don't need facebook for public rants. But I'm with you about this comment. It spoiled the clean experience. I found a way to silence it, but don't remember how I did it though, but it's clean again, no random people appear there just because they have been +1'd hundreds of times.

rather than learn....
By talikarni on 6/5/2012 11:42:45 AM , Rating: 2
The reason FB seems so busy is so many people are completely unaware their settings are set to Public... and since G+ makes it easy to keep information private, people are taking advantage of that... but Google, rather than learn from the fact that when given the choice most people prefer to keep things private, they are trying to find ways to get people to "open up".
Its sad really, finally there is a way for people to keep things to themselves and close circles as they prefer, and Google wants everyone to see the drama queen rants publicly.
I use G+ for a few contacts and FB to keep in touch with only a few family members but otherwise I don't really do much with the social media. They are like "people advertisements", showing the world just how dumb the general public really is, flooding us with junk both publicly and privately.

RE: rather than learn....
By haukionkannel on 6/5/2012 5:04:36 PM , Rating: 2
Yep! I like Google+ just because I can chose who sees and what very presively...

By One43637 on 6/5/2012 11:54:39 AM , Rating: 2
Google lost momentum with Google+. It had the hype, it combined the social aspects of FB and Twitter, but they botched it.

There was a period of time when they were removing company and celebrity accounts early on, because they weren't ready. I'm not sure if they weren't ready for the flood of users that the subset would bring, but it really killed the hype and momentum of the service.

By WalksTheWalk on 6/5/2012 12:22:51 PM , Rating: 2
Google+ had some roll out issues because the uptake was so fast. It's been a great system for quite a while now. It's my understanding there are around 120 million users on Google+ as of now. You just need to add some people with common interests to your Google+ circles and it's very engaging.

I use Facebook mainly for connecting with the people I know and use Google+ mainly for connecting with people I don't know, but have common interests with. The two systems can be used similarly, but they both have their strengths and weaknesses.

What on earth is Meebo?
By MZperX on 6/5/2012 12:15:47 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe I'm just way too isolated from the buzzing world of internet based companies but I had never heard of Meebo before. Clearly the article is written with the assumption that any reader will be intimately familiar with this entity, since the only descriptive words I could find are "social networking company Meebo". Not very helpful. I suggest at least one paragraph to be dedicated to what the h3ll this company does/did, so as to clue in the uninitiated among us (myself included). I know I could Google it, but I read articles on DT to find out this stuff. Why should I go elsewhere for basic information that is essential to the news being conveyed? If the author doesn't bother to introduce the company, how can the reader get an idea about what this acquisition adds to Google?

RE: What on earth is Meebo?
By Reclaimer77 on 6/5/2012 12:34:22 PM , Rating: 2
Meebo is just an web-based IMS emulator that lets you chat with people on AIM, Windows Live, etc etc without having to install their clients.

I agree though, a quick blurb should have been in the article.

Gotta love the tech world
By kleinma on 6/5/2012 9:37:53 AM , Rating: 2
If you can't beat em, buy em.

By overlandpark4me on 6/6/2012 12:47:40 AM , Rating: 2
apps that I use that have been purchased by Google and other "wonderful" companies. When will the madness stop?

By Iger on 6/6/2012 5:27:01 AM , Rating: 2
Was I the only one, who'se read it as "Meego" and got shocked beyond belief? :)

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