Meebo Brings Web Check Ins to the iPhone with Updated App

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Launch Provides Users with a Parallel Meebo Experience across the Web and Mobile. Meebo Bar Launches on New Retail, Entertainment and Finance Partner Sites.

We are taking our web check in system, and the content discovery it enables, and applying it to everything Meebo.

Consumer Internet company Meebo today announced the launch of its updated mobile app for the iPhone, featuring Meebo’s web check in system, to further enhance the sharing experience while on the go. Meebo—which now reaches 40 percent of U.S. Web visitors today—launched the new app today.

The Meebo app—version 1.9—lets people check in to websites from their mobile phone by clicking any link in the Meebo app or scanning QR codes. With this release, Meebo brings Web check ins to the mobile space as it did for web browsers with its recent launch of the Meebo MiniBar extension.

“As our reach across the Web continues to expand and people begin to drive their online experience by their interests, we want to make sure people get the best of Meebo on any device that they are using,” said Seth Sternberg, Meebo Co-Founder and CEO. “We are taking our web check in system, and the content discovery it enables, and applying it to everything Meebo.”

In addition to Web check ins, the Meebo app will incorporate a real-time feed—which can incorporate Meebo, Facebook and Twitter accounts—that allows users to find and check in on content their friends are sharing. iPhone users can still chat across their favorite social networks in one place with the Meebo app. And tabs at the bottom will permit users to change their account settings such as turning the Web check-in capability on and off.

Current Meebo iPhone app users will need to simply update the app in the App Store (http://itunes.com/app/Meebo) to experience these new features. Enhanced social functionalities, full Twitter support and more speed enhancements will be introduced in future iterations of the Meebo app.

Next month, Meebo will introduce its Web check-in feature through embedded check-in buttons, which will be featured on partner sites like Macys.com, and to its more than 8,000 Meebo Bar partner websites. In addition to providing web check-ins on its mobile app, Meebo recently launched an alpha version of the Meebo MiniBar — a browser extension that enables people to navigate the entire Web by other people and interests by checking into their favorite websites — which is available for Firefox, Chrome and now Internet Explorer users.

As Meebo expands its signature features across multiple platforms, the Meebo Bar—which brings social functionality to websites—continues to attract new partners across several genres, including retail, entertainment/lifestyle and finance. Retailer sites such as Bonobos.com, DesignerSocial.com and stylequest.com; entertainment / lifestyle sites like Dilbert.com, Zap2it.com and HipHopWired.com; and finance sites such as Kiplinger.com have all recently launched the Meebo Bar.

The Meebo Bar has been a primary driver for Meebo’s growing audience of 165 million unique visitors worldwide (source: comScore, January 2011).

Meebo provides the easiest, most open and most “right there where you want it” way to share on the web. Integrating all social networks and communications channels into a single, simple-to-use solution, Meebo enables users to easily share content and communicate in real time with the people who matter to them. Meebo connects people to their friends through their mobile devices, Meebo Messenger and on the numerous websites that have the Meebo Bar installed. The privately held company was founded in 2005. For more information, visit meebo.com.

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