The most underhyped Silicon Valley success: Meebo

I read hundreds of blogs. Follow thousands of people on Twitter and FriendFeed. I’m seen as THE poster boy for the Silicon Valley echo chamber. But I don’t see much about Meebo, certainly not even close to the amount of talk that, say, Twitter gets (and Twitter has 1/10th the traffic that Meebo does). Why is Twitter on TechMeme nearly every week, but Meebo isn’t?

Well, recently I started seeing some mentions of them on sites like Read/Write Web so I wanted to find out what was up.

First of all, I was blown away. Second of all, I found I was so interested in the fact that this company has more than 20 million 35 million people using its services and most for hours every day (I heard the number wrong, and they corrected me this morning). Yet you probably don’t know Meebo’s CEO’s name. Unless you’re on the service you probably don’t even know about it.

Which is why I spent 40 minutes videoing a conversation with Meebo’s CEO, Seth Sternberg, learning about what’s happening in its business. This is like an MBA-level course on the latest advertising and community trends.  I also got a separate tour of their offices, if you want to see what those are like.

This is why I do video. It’s one thing to read a blog post, it’s a whole nother thing to get a demo, have a conversation, and learn some new stuff. As good as the Read/Write Web post is, I never got an understanding of how and why advertising on Meebo is working so well. Any entrepreneur who is trying to make an advertising business model work should watch this interview for some tips.

So, why is Meebo underhyped? We talked about that after the cameras were off and I theorized one theory:

That A-list bloggers don’t use IM or chat much, so don’t get passionate about it the way they do about, say, Twitter (although Twitter has about 1/10th as much traffic).

Seth countered and said that’s probably true, but that he’s noticed that most of his users are on Internet Explorer, not Firefox or Safari. So, the audience that’s using IM is much more mainstream than the audience that most tech bloggers hang out with.

Which points to another thing I’m learning here. If you are an entrepreneur and you want to reach a mainstream audience, you should hang out on Meebo more to do your research, not on Twitter or FriendFeed.

Comments

  1. I had asked the same questions myself about a year ago when I first found it. I cannot find the article now, but it references the same ideas that you mentioned, it is mostly IE and mainstream users. I think the reason for that is most techies or early adopters use some software like Pidgin or Adium for IM. I got into Meebo because it is a way around software issues on any PC. It really is a fantastic tool.

  2. I had asked the same questions myself about a year ago when I first found it. I cannot find the article now, but it references the same ideas that you mentioned, it is mostly IE and mainstream users. I think the reason for that is most techies or early adopters use some software like Pidgin or Adium for IM. I got into Meebo because it is a way around software issues on any PC. It really is a fantastic tool.

  3. I’ve been using meebo from the very beginning, when ICQ was still popular, as an easy way to contact with friends and family from Internet cafes while traveling. I don’t know any of their employees, but I was impressed how friendly they seem, posting little stickies on the meebo desktop, trying to build a community.

  4. I’ve been using meebo from the very beginning, when ICQ was still popular, as an easy way to contact with friends and family from Internet cafes while traveling. I don’t know any of their employees, but I was impressed how friendly they seem, posting little stickies on the meebo desktop, trying to build a community.

  5. 5 posts tagged Meebo, vs. 113 tagged Twitter at RWW. ;) Though at least four different writers at ReadWriteWeb have written about Meebo (I know Richard did prior to all posts being tagged).

    I think many “A-Listers” do use IM. I use it every day — and chatted with Marshall and Sarah throughout the workday on Yahoo! and MSN while at RWW. The reason Meebo never really excited me on a personal level was that using IM in the browser was clumsy compared to Trillian or Digsby, especially whenI had 20 or 30 tabs open researching a post. So the only time I ever used Meebo was when I was on a computer other than mine.

    Comparing it to Twitter isn’t really fair, too. Many of the posts about Twitter on a daily basis are either about up time problems — which Meebo should be glad they don’t have — or apps that hook into, rely on, or extend Twitter. Meebo just doesn’t have as vibrant of a third party developer ecosystem.

  6. 5 posts tagged Meebo, vs. 113 tagged Twitter at RWW. ;) Though at least four different writers at ReadWriteWeb have written about Meebo (I know Richard did prior to all posts being tagged).

    I think many “A-Listers” do use IM. I use it every day — and chatted with Marshall and Sarah throughout the workday on Yahoo! and MSN while at RWW. The reason Meebo never really excited me on a personal level was that using IM in the browser was clumsy compared to Trillian or Digsby, especially whenI had 20 or 30 tabs open researching a post. So the only time I ever used Meebo was when I was on a computer other than mine.

    Comparing it to Twitter isn’t really fair, too. Many of the posts about Twitter on a daily basis are either about up time problems — which Meebo should be glad they don’t have — or apps that hook into, rely on, or extend Twitter. Meebo just doesn’t have as vibrant of a third party developer ecosystem.

  7. I think another reason you make videos is that you don’t know how to write. “Video” is not a verb. And “nother” is not a word. I think the word you were looking for was “other”.

    Otherwise welcome to the web a lot of more normal people use. Meebo is great. I’m stunned you never heard of it.

  8. I think another reason you make videos is that you don’t know how to write. “Video” is not a verb. And “nother” is not a word. I think the word you were looking for was “other”.

    Otherwise welcome to the web a lot of more normal people use. Meebo is great. I’m stunned you never heard of it.

  9. The theoretical advantage of Meebo is that it is only web / browser based… but the Meebo URL being blocked by my office’s firewall… it is useless there.

    And when I am “in control” of the firewall, like at home or when I am travelling, I prefer a more flexible and “out of the browser” multi-protocol client such as Trillian anyway.

  10. The theoretical advantage of Meebo is that it is only web / browser based… but the Meebo URL being blocked by my office’s firewall… it is useless there.

    And when I am “in control” of the firewall, like at home or when I am travelling, I prefer a more flexible and “out of the browser” multi-protocol client such as Trillian anyway.

  11. E.B.: heheh, glad to have another editor here. Who said that what I do here is “writing?”

    It’s clear you haven’t watched my video. I interviewed them more than a year ago, so I clearly have heard of it. It’s just that I don’t see many people talking about Meebo on the tech blogs.

    Define “normal.”

  12. E.B.: heheh, glad to have another editor here. Who said that what I do here is “writing?”

    It’s clear you haven’t watched my video. I interviewed them more than a year ago, so I clearly have heard of it. It’s just that I don’t see many people talking about Meebo on the tech blogs.

    Define “normal.”

  13. It’s always a problem, imagining everyone else uses the web like you. I just have to talk to my family, who seem to have problems using the address bar in a browser and have never heard of the iPhone.

  14. It’s always a problem, imagining everyone else uses the web like you. I just have to talk to my family, who seem to have problems using the address bar in a browser and have never heard of the iPhone.

  15. Regarding the IE vs. Firefox thing.
    Could it be possible that the people on Meebo are using IE because they are locked down in a work environment (and thus can’t install firefox, ICQ, MSN, etc, etc.)?

    That’s certainly what it was like when we were at uni.

  16. Regarding the IE vs. Firefox thing.
    Could it be possible that the people on Meebo are using IE because they are locked down in a work environment (and thus can’t install firefox, ICQ, MSN, etc, etc.)?

    That’s certainly what it was like when we were at uni.

  17. I have to agree with Catchwa. At work we are restricted to IE. At home I only use Firefox. At work I access Meebo from home I access Twitter.

    Almost like having a double life – two wives!

  18. I have to agree with Catchwa. At work we are restricted to IE. At home I only use Firefox. At work I access Meebo from home I access Twitter.

    Almost like having a double life – two wives!

  19. @ E. B. White: video as a verb is in the Oxford English Dictionary with a first quote of 1971, so it’s not like this usage has no history. Nouns change into verbs constantly in English, so I don’t really see what the problem is.

  20. @ E. B. White: video as a verb is in the Oxford English Dictionary with a first quote of 1971, so it’s not like this usage has no history. Nouns change into verbs constantly in English, so I don’t really see what the problem is.

  21. Seems like there’s another world surrounding the hype. That’s definitly cool (cuil?)! Tech blogs are about new trends, not about mainstream use of the web. That’s why there’s no need speaking of Meebo on tech blogs. Who cares about IM? Twitter is a real deal, what’s interesting to speak about isn’t simple and plain ideas, but things that question.

    Which means tech bloggers may mainly be feeding the hype and don’t really care about usability and users need, focusing on new new new (did I say new?) products and services. In the end they’re what people want to read, they make people dream and think. And that’s a lot to do.

  22. Seems like there’s another world surrounding the hype. That’s definitly cool (cuil?)! Tech blogs are about new trends, not about mainstream use of the web. That’s why there’s no need speaking of Meebo on tech blogs. Who cares about IM? Twitter is a real deal, what’s interesting to speak about isn’t simple and plain ideas, but things that question.

    Which means tech bloggers may mainly be feeding the hype and don’t really care about usability and users need, focusing on new new new (did I say new?) products and services. In the end they’re what people want to read, they make people dream and think. And that’s a lot to do.

  23. That’s exactly it.

    If the A-Listers don’t bother talking about it, there isn’t much buzz for it.

    Doesn’t matter though, I’ve seen many of the younger generation (people in middle and high school now) who use Meebo almost exclusively. For them it’s the best way to chat, and they can use it to get around the fact that AIM clients rarely work in schools.

    Meebo will be successful regardless of whether or not the A-List bloggers talk about it.

    That doesn’t mean it’s any better or worse than Twitter mind you, they are both fantastic products. I personally love twitter because I can’t stay connected to a stream of IMs all day, and it gives me a quick glance into what the people that I’m interested in, are talking about.

    Just because there isn’t as much buzz, doesn’t mean you don’t have a successful product.

  24. That’s exactly it.

    If the A-Listers don’t bother talking about it, there isn’t much buzz for it.

    Doesn’t matter though, I’ve seen many of the younger generation (people in middle and high school now) who use Meebo almost exclusively. For them it’s the best way to chat, and they can use it to get around the fact that AIM clients rarely work in schools.

    Meebo will be successful regardless of whether or not the A-List bloggers talk about it.

    That doesn’t mean it’s any better or worse than Twitter mind you, they are both fantastic products. I personally love twitter because I can’t stay connected to a stream of IMs all day, and it gives me a quick glance into what the people that I’m interested in, are talking about.

    Just because there isn’t as much buzz, doesn’t mean you don’t have a successful product.

  25. I’ve seen Meebo but I can’t think of why I’d use it over iChat, Trillian or AIM. Here a just a few features I didn’t find in Meebo.
    1. No File Transfer
    2. No Video Chat
    3. No Audio Chat
    4. I can’t search my chat history

    I just don’t see using Twitter and Meebo in the same blog post. Twitter is an entirely different service. It has nothing to do with bloggers or A-listers.

  26. I’ve seen Meebo but I can’t think of why I’d use it over iChat, Trillian or AIM. Here a just a few features I didn’t find in Meebo.
    1. No File Transfer
    2. No Video Chat
    3. No Audio Chat
    4. I can’t search my chat history

    I just don’t see using Twitter and Meebo in the same blog post. Twitter is an entirely different service. It has nothing to do with bloggers or A-listers.

  27. George,

    You’re mistaken, Meebo actually supports those features.

    When you load an IM window, you’ll see a button for both file transfer and video/audio chat. Chat logs are viewable, also.

    Craig

  28. George,

    You’re mistaken, Meebo actually supports those features.

    When you load an IM window, you’ll see a button for both file transfer and video/audio chat. Chat logs are viewable, also.

    Craig

  29. Robert,

    I am prepping for an upcoming presentation and I needed to checkout Meebo. I do not like that it requires a window open; checking out Pidgin – my girlfriend likes it better, runs an executable. Share my results later…

  30. Robert,

    I am prepping for an upcoming presentation and I needed to checkout Meebo. I do not like that it requires a window open; checking out Pidgin – my girlfriend likes it better, runs an executable. Share my results later…

  31. @George

    When was the last time you visited Meebo? If you logon with a Meebo account they have:
    1. File Transfer
    2. Video/Audio Chat (though I don’t really use this)
    3. Chat history with searching features (assuming you turn this on)

    Sure Meebo requires keeping a tab or window open (they have a sidebar feature for Firefox users) but with Prism and Fluid you can have a “separate app”.

    Personally, the biggest benefit to using Meebo is that I can actually look up the chat logs anywhere I logon to Meebo-I never have to worry about synchronizing my logs. Using Meebo is like being able to archive all your mail in Gmail.

  32. @George

    When was the last time you visited Meebo? If you logon with a Meebo account they have:
    1. File Transfer
    2. Video/Audio Chat (though I don’t really use this)
    3. Chat history with searching features (assuming you turn this on)

    Sure Meebo requires keeping a tab or window open (they have a sidebar feature for Firefox users) but with Prism and Fluid you can have a “separate app”.

    Personally, the biggest benefit to using Meebo is that I can actually look up the chat logs anywhere I logon to Meebo-I never have to worry about synchronizing my logs. Using Meebo is like being able to archive all your mail in Gmail.

  33. Posting old video? Hey, like Podtech. We can not watch it again.

    It’s just a bad Trillian gone webby, crashy too, hardly worth wetting your pants over. Plus tons of disadvantages, no picture/file sharing, no advanced features, no video/webcams.

    It’s real popular with the kidddies at school, as they can use it to circumvent IM blocking, but outside of that target market, they have nothing. If you hang out on Meebo to “do research” you will just find the same type of ‘MySpace cadets’, only younger with shorter attention spans, speaking in illiterate IMese code all day long, and that’s not mainstream it’s still niche. God help us if it ever does become mainstream.

    It’s only real advantage is “remote access”, when not at a computer of your own, but the primary audience usually always is, excepting school, and would be much better served with a multi-service IM client.

  34. Posting old video? Hey, like Podtech. We can not watch it again.

    It’s just a bad Trillian gone webby, crashy too, hardly worth wetting your pants over. Plus tons of disadvantages, no picture/file sharing, no advanced features, no video/webcams.

    It’s real popular with the kidddies at school, as they can use it to circumvent IM blocking, but outside of that target market, they have nothing. If you hang out on Meebo to “do research” you will just find the same type of ‘MySpace cadets’, only younger with shorter attention spans, speaking in illiterate IMese code all day long, and that’s not mainstream it’s still niche. God help us if it ever does become mainstream.

    It’s only real advantage is “remote access”, when not at a computer of your own, but the primary audience usually always is, excepting school, and would be much better served with a multi-service IM client.

  35. >Tech blogs are about new trends, not about mainstream use of the web.

    In that case they should be covering Meebo big time. 35 million users vs. 2. Chat is a big trend and a monetizeable one, too.

  36. >Tech blogs are about new trends, not about mainstream use of the web.

    In that case they should be covering Meebo big time. 35 million users vs. 2. Chat is a big trend and a monetizeable one, too.

  37. Well, file transfers and such via Amazon S3, which doesn’t really work out that well. Credit for trying, at least. No credit for results.

  38. Well, file transfers and such via Amazon S3, which doesn’t really work out that well. Credit for trying, at least. No credit for results.

  39. I just want to say well done, Robert. It’s kind of hard to know when something’s worth watching or listening to ( <- a problem to me due to lack of time) but this is the kind of stuff I love to hear / know about. Thank you.

  40. I just want to say well done, Robert. It’s kind of hard to know when something’s worth watching or listening to ( <- a problem to me due to lack of time) but this is the kind of stuff I love to hear / know about. Thank you.

  41. Your last paragraph is a great point. I think a lot of the time, us tech people get stuck in a rut thinking that everyone everywhere does things and thinks things the way we do when in reality, it couldn’t be any more true.

    We are such a small percentage of the overall everything, we need to be aware of this and pay much more attention to the non-tech world and way of doing things.

  42. Your last paragraph is a great point. I think a lot of the time, us tech people get stuck in a rut thinking that everyone everywhere does things and thinks things the way we do when in reality, it couldn’t be any more true.

    We are such a small percentage of the overall everything, we need to be aware of this and pay much more attention to the non-tech world and way of doing things.

  43. none of the top 20 web 2.0 services by traffic from the recent hitwise survey ever started off as tech geek sites. every single one of them (except maybe gaia online) reached out to a mainstream audience from the start.

    twitter, friendfeed, and digg aren’t the future of the web (as companies, anyway). the future of the web will come from the meebos and plurks and tumblrs and picniks of the world — none of which are popular with the techy/twitter crowd.

  44. none of the top 20 web 2.0 services by traffic from the recent hitwise survey ever started off as tech geek sites. every single one of them (except maybe gaia online) reached out to a mainstream audience from the start.

    twitter, friendfeed, and digg aren’t the future of the web (as companies, anyway). the future of the web will come from the meebos and plurks and tumblrs and picniks of the world — none of which are popular with the techy/twitter crowd.

  45. Meebo’s quite useful especially when online from office. Some companies disallow their employees from using instant messenger softwares, thus web chats such as Meebo can come in handy.

  46. Meebo’s quite useful especially when online from office. Some companies disallow their employees from using instant messenger softwares, thus web chats such as Meebo can come in handy.

  47. Hey Catchwa & Les – when we first launched meebo, you would have been right on the money. The primary use case was at work, followed by school and then home. Over time, the user case switched to where meebo’s now primarily used at people’s homes, followed by school and work. I think it’s a bit like Hotmail is to email – you can get the same experience everywhere, so you use it no matter where you are, including at home. So people likely found meebo at work and then brought it home with them.

  48. Hey Catchwa & Les – when we first launched meebo, you would have been right on the money. The primary use case was at work, followed by school and then home. Over time, the user case switched to where meebo’s now primarily used at people’s homes, followed by school and work. I think it’s a bit like Hotmail is to email – you can get the same experience everywhere, so you use it no matter where you are, including at home. So people likely found meebo at work and then brought it home with them.

  49. @Josh Catone: I disagree that meebo doesn’t have a vibrant developer community. There are 50+ third party applications (which doesn’t hold a candle to Facebook’s 10,000+ applications, but still it shows that people are developing for the platform). Also, there are thousands of people who embed “meebo me” widgets and thousands more who integrate meebo rooms (which can be skinned to match your site).

    I’ve been using meebo since the alpha in 2005 and since day one, they’ve been my IM client of choice. No install, cross-IM-vendor support, good buddy-list management, FF plugin, works on port 80 to subvert firewall restrictions, great UI, unobtrusive ads, free, fast, skinnable, etc.

    My history with IM:

    http://feedhaus.blogspot.com/2007/11/my-love-affair-with-instant-messaging.html

    One of the meebo applications I built:

    http://feedhaus.blogspot.com/2007/11/introducing-feedhaus-newsroom.html

  50. @Josh Catone: I disagree that meebo doesn’t have a vibrant developer community. There are 50+ third party applications (which doesn’t hold a candle to Facebook’s 10,000+ applications, but still it shows that people are developing for the platform). Also, there are thousands of people who embed “meebo me” widgets and thousands more who integrate meebo rooms (which can be skinned to match your site).

    I’ve been using meebo since the alpha in 2005 and since day one, they’ve been my IM client of choice. No install, cross-IM-vendor support, good buddy-list management, FF plugin, works on port 80 to subvert firewall restrictions, great UI, unobtrusive ads, free, fast, skinnable, etc.

    My history with IM:

    http://feedhaus.blogspot.com/2007/11/my-love-affair-with-instant-messaging.html

    One of the meebo applications I built:

    http://feedhaus.blogspot.com/2007/11/introducing-feedhaus-newsroom.html

  51. I used Meebo when I worked for a company that didn’t allow us to install IM clients. I never blogged about it because it just wasn’t very interesting and IM has been around for many years. The most excitement I saw around an IM client was ICQ and that’s because it was something new. That’s what Twitter has going for it: It’s something new.

  52. I used Meebo when I worked for a company that didn’t allow us to install IM clients. I never blogged about it because it just wasn’t very interesting and IM has been around for many years. The most excitement I saw around an IM client was ICQ and that’s because it was something new. That’s what Twitter has going for it: It’s something new.

  53. Meebo Mobile and Meebo’s Firefox extension rock. Video, like everything else has a very short shelf life. TubeMogul’s got some great stats on this if anyone’s interested.

  54. Meebo Mobile and Meebo’s Firefox extension rock. Video, like everything else has a very short shelf life. TubeMogul’s got some great stats on this if anyone’s interested.

  55. okay. I stand corrected on “video”. But still consider it poor English.
    Bruce, I’d love to update it. But Strunk thinks we should incorporate text writing

  56. okay. I stand corrected on “video”. But still consider it poor English.
    Bruce, I’d love to update it. But Strunk thinks we should incorporate text writing

  57. I second the motion to put a Meebo Room on your blog Scoble. Otherwise your just letting Meebo sink into the depths.

  58. You know the amazing thing about all this new media and hype and all your self agrandizement on here and FriendFeed…

    Is that still one of the top most popular websites out there in hits and searches and relevance is still The Drudgereport. And it’s not a blog, a feed, doesn’t even have RSS capability. It’s just plain old fashioned Internet muckraking by hand.

  59. You know the amazing thing about all this new media and hype and all your self agrandizement on here and FriendFeed…

    Is that still one of the top most popular websites out there in hits and searches and relevance is still The Drudgereport. And it’s not a blog, a feed, doesn’t even have RSS capability. It’s just plain old fashioned Internet muckraking by hand.

  60. @EBWhite. What the hell? Does that give you some kind of satisfaction? Do you not even feel slightly lame for pointing out a mis-capitalized non-verb? It’s like you think intelligence has something to do with pure grammatical correctness.

    Anyway, great post Robert! First time you’ve got me to comment and I’ve been following your blog since January…

    As some of these comments show though, it’s clear to see why what Tech enthusiasts think simply doesn’t equate to mainstream appeal. The success of Meebo is because 90% of people who use IM, use it because they just want to chat to their friends!

    File transfers, sharing, all those extra features… who cares really. The reality is Meebo is successful because it works just about everywhere and anywhere and does exactly what the mainstream wants… chat.

  61. @EBWhite. What the hell? Does that give you some kind of satisfaction? Do you not even feel slightly lame for pointing out a mis-capitalized non-verb? It’s like you think intelligence has something to do with pure grammatical correctness.

    Anyway, great post Robert! First time you’ve got me to comment and I’ve been following your blog since January…

    As some of these comments show though, it’s clear to see why what Tech enthusiasts think simply doesn’t equate to mainstream appeal. The success of Meebo is because 90% of people who use IM, use it because they just want to chat to their friends!

    File transfers, sharing, all those extra features… who cares really. The reality is Meebo is successful because it works just about everywhere and anywhere and does exactly what the mainstream wants… chat.

  62. Did it ever occur to you that perhaps why “most of their their users are on Internet Explorer” is because meebo is INCOMPATIBLE with the latest version of Firefox? (That’s right, neither FF3 or FF3.1 work AT ALL with meebo) There’s a shining example of a web site for ya.

  63. Did it ever occur to you that perhaps why “most of their their users are on Internet Explorer” is because meebo is INCOMPATIBLE with the latest version of Firefox? (That’s right, neither FF3 or FF3.1 work AT ALL with meebo) There’s a shining example of a web site for ya.

  64. Great post and it echos pop culture. Most of the best music, movies, whatever is underhyped. Meanwhile, pop music is full of crap. Pop in any medium usually sucks. Always has, always will.

  65. Great post and it echos pop culture. Most of the best music, movies, whatever is underhyped. Meanwhile, pop music is full of crap. Pop in any medium usually sucks. Always has, always will.

  66. Gosh, I didn’t think to tell you how important Meebo is! My teenagers use it at least an hour a day, it’s a big constant in their lives, beyond AIM, beyond WoW or cell phones or anything. Why? Because you can run several services at once on it, AIM plus YM etc. Why else? Because it’s very simple, you just go on the web.

    Most people don’t want to post for everyone else to see it, they just want to have personal conversations with their friends, but several friends simultaneously and separately, Meebo suits their needs perfectly.

  67. Gosh, I didn’t think to tell you how important Meebo is! My teenagers use it at least an hour a day, it’s a big constant in their lives, beyond AIM, beyond WoW or cell phones or anything. Why? Because you can run several services at once on it, AIM plus YM etc. Why else? Because it’s very simple, you just go on the web.

    Most people don’t want to post for everyone else to see it, they just want to have personal conversations with their friends, but several friends simultaneously and separately, Meebo suits their needs perfectly.

  68. I have been on Meebo since late last year. The service is great and is continually improving. I especially love the company blog update everytime you start Meebo.

    Meebo me??? :)

  69. I have been on Meebo since late last year. The service is great and is continually improving. I especially love the company blog update everytime you start Meebo.

    Meebo me??? :)

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  71. @st0ragebear

    I would a lot of people use Meebo is becuase they cant install anything (work, school etc) so wouldn’t have firefox anyway. However they probably should fix that soon.

  72. @st0ragebear

    I would a lot of people use Meebo is becuase they cant install anything (work, school etc) so wouldn’t have firefox anyway. However they probably should fix that soon.

  73. I use meemo at my Blog and I like it for other things as well.. But Robert.. I am confused : I thought its always better when a company ( betetr – product) is known not the company or the CEO behind the same.. Are you sure you didnt get the other way round?

    Think P& G.. most people know their products.. few people can associate the or the company !

    PS: I didnt know your name for a long time but I knew your blog for a long time ( I dont notice Robert) ..

    Cheers
    Olga Lednichenko

  74. I use meemo at my Blog and I like it for other things as well.. But Robert.. I am confused : I thought its always better when a company ( betetr – product) is known not the company or the CEO behind the same.. Are you sure you didnt get the other way round?

    Think P& G.. most people know their products.. few people can associate the or the company !

    PS: I didnt know your name for a long time but I knew your blog for a long time ( I dont notice Robert) ..

    Cheers
    Olga Lednichenko

  75. BTW: Just to Clarify: I though Scobleizer ( i still cant pronounce your name) was some name after a BEER :) –> I just bookmarked your Blog –> not you.. if I were u.. I would take that as a compliment..

    Cheers
    Olga Lednichenko

  76. BTW: Just to Clarify: I though Scobleizer ( i still cant pronounce your name) was some name after a BEER :) –> I just bookmarked your Blog –> not you.. if I were u.. I would take that as a compliment..

    Cheers
    Olga Lednichenko

  77. [...] Scobleizer — Tech geek blogger » Blog Archive The most underhyped … Olga Lednichenko Says: August 19th, 2008 at 7:01 pm. I use meemo at my Blog and I like it for other things as well.. But Robert.. I am confused : I thought … scobleizer.com/2008/08/04/the-most-underhyped-silicon-valley-success-meebo/ – 68k – Cached – Similar pages [...]

  78. Both Meebo and Twitter are great and serve vaguely similar purposes, but with hindsight as my guide, Twitter's mass media acceptance really gave a leg up in this imaginary race between the two companies.