My job often takes me to strange and mysterious places. Most of these places tend to exist behind some companyâ€™s strict firewall, which has the nasty habit of restricting my communication with the outside world. The typical workaround that Iâ€™ve found are the web messengers.
The MSN web messenger sucks, big time. Itâ€™s typical of Microsoft to create a product and then let it die a slow death when itâ€™s not making lots of money from it and thereâ€™s not too much competition around. However, they will need to bother pretty soon, as there seems to be a growing list of web messengers which support MSN accounts. My choice was Meebo.
I could instantly tell by the name that this was a Web 2.0 site. Small, easy to remember and makes you think of lava lamps (maybe thatâ€™s just me). Itâ€™s very simple, impressively lightweight, very stable, with plain functionality (no file exchange), supports lots of IM protocols and gets the job done. Iâ€™d like to stress the â€œlightweightâ€ part. Nowadays I get the impression that all Web 2.0 apps are doing their best to make Firefox use up all my laptopâ€™s memory. Meebo is a nice exception to this.
Iâ€™d suggest you give it a try even if you have MSN Messenger in your PCs. Itâ€™s pretty cool.
Update: I’ve been using Meebo non-stop the last couple of weeks and I have to say I’m very impressed. More to follow.tags: product
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