INTERNET ADVERTISING FIRM Google will close the Meebo toolbar on 6 June and hopes that users will switch to Google+ and its single signon.
The firm encouraged websites to adopt the Meebo bar last summer when it decided that its Google Talk Chatback plugin was outdated.
"Google Talk Chatback allowed websites to embed a Google Talk widget so that they could engage with their visitors," it said.
"It's now outdated, so we're turning off Chatback and encouraging websites to use the Meebo bar."
Since then users have turned to their Meebo toolbar as a way of sharing things socially. However visitors to the Meebo website are now greeted with a message that tells that this this option has been lined up to be removed.
"Five years ago, we launched the Meebo Bar to bring community, engagement, and revenue to publisher sites. As part of the Google team, this continues to be our focus, but we want to best serve mobile and desktop publishers moving forward," says the note.
"Therefore, we have decided to focus our resources on initiatives like the recently launched Google+ Sign-In (which includes interactive posts and over-the-air app installs) and the Google+ plug-ins. This means we will retire the Meebo Bar, effective June 6, 2013."
On 6 June the Meebo Bar will stop loading on publisher sites and three weeks later the dashboards will become unavailable. Users are advised that they can remove their data as a CSV file. µ
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