The problem with instant messaging (IM) is the number of different networks available and the lack of compatibility between them. If you’ve got a wide circle of friends then the chances are they’re not all on the same messaging network.
While it’s just about feasible to have multiple IM clients running on a desktop PC, this isn’t really practical on a phone as the battery drain alone would be a nightmare. Meebo gets around the issue by supporting multiple different IM networks from a single app. Currently it supports a pretty broad range of services including Yahoo, Windows Live Messenger, AIM, ICQ, MySpace and Facebook.
The software is built using the same library of code that powers the Pidgin desktop client. As you would expect, Meebo enables you to do all the usual stuff like setting your status and creating custom away messages. Naturally, you can also use other apps while Meebo runs in the background and incoming messages are displayed in the status bar at the top of the screen. The only real issues are that you can’t send or receive new buddy requests via the app and there’s no support for voice chat.
Meebo provides a great way to simultaneously access lots of IM services at the same time.