MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Furthering its mission to help people connect and share across the Web, Meebo today announced a web check-in system that will launch on Tuesday, Nov. 16 in alpha, and will enable Web visitors to check in to their favorite sites and share online discoveries with friends or people with similar interests.
Meebo’s Web discovery system will be available on Nov. 16 in a first-of-its-kind browser extension--the “Meebo MiniBar” (MiniBar)--and via new profile pages for users and sites at meebo.com/new. With the MiniBar, people will be able to take Meebo—including access to friends across multiple communication networks and eventually its signature drag-and-drop feature—across the entire Internet and stay connected while browsing the Web.
In December, check in on Meebo will begin to roll out on websites, starting with several new Meebo partners, including: Macy’s; Sprint; L’Oréal Professionnel; CMT; Fresh Air Fund; and PSI. These brands will feature Meebo’s check-in functionality on either the Meebo Bar or embeddable buttons on their sites. Shortly thereafter, check in on Meebo will be available on the company’s more than 8,000 existing partner websites, reaching more than 180 million unique users.
“Since Meebo started, our goal has been to connect people and create a simple sharing experience for them as they travel across the Internet,” said Seth Sternberg, Co-Founder and CEO, Meebo, who will demonstrate the new check-in system at Web 2.0 Summit on Tuesday, Nov. 16.
“This is our solution to help people socially navigate the Web, discover new sites and enable websites to reward their loyal visitors. And because we reach a third of the U.S. Internet population, Meebo can enable a large number of people to uncover content with their friends and those who share common interests,” he added.
Once a person opts to check in on Meebo, she will be prompted to create a Meebo.com account, and receive a profile page on meebo.com where her check-in activity, shared content and more will be highlighted in a feed. Her profile page will show her friends and others with similar Web interests whom she has chosen to follow, and will be a place for her to discover sites those people are visiting. Websites will also receive profile pages on Meebo.com where, in the future, they will be able to recognize their frequent visitors and highlight interesting site content.
When a user visits a website and mouses over the check-in button, a small window will appear where she can see others who have recently checked into that site and the site’s total number of check-ins. Those who frequently check in to a particular site will be identified as VIPs--part of Meebo’s VIP check-in loyalty program. VIP updates can be shared to a user’s favorite social network or Meebo.com profile page, as well as the website’s profile page on Meebo.com. Future iterations of Meebo’s web check-in system will feature a Meebo-powered rewards program for VIPs from sites.
“Research shows that twenty-two million U.S. Internet users influence Web traffic by recommending content to their friends,” said Elaine Wherry, Co-Founder and Vice President of Product, Meebo. “When our users told us that an important component of their Web experience—having the ability to discover where their friends are going online—was lacking, we developed check in on Meebo to better connect them not just with their friends, but all Internet users with similar interests.”
Check in on Meebo will be public by default. Built-in privacy controls give people the ability to change their account settings. Users can limit who contacts them; change their email notification preferences; choose whether or not to link their Meebo activity to their social networks; and determine what types of activity gets shared there. They can also delete specific check-ins on their profile page on Meebo.com.
The Meebo MiniBar browser extension can be installed by visiting http://www.meebo.com/download on Nov. 16, and will initially be available for Firefox and Chrome users, with Internet Explorer and Safari versions slated for later this year. Any blog, website, brand, commerce or gaming site interested in adding a check in on Meebo button can visit http://www.meebo.com/websites.
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, and connects people to their friends on the numerous websites that have installed the Meebo Bar, through mobile devices and via Meebo Messenger. The privately held company was founded in 2005. For more information, visit meebo.com.
*Research source: Forrester
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