AOL now has an open development API and Google Talk runs on the open Jabber protocol. Sequoia backed Meebo (rumored -4 million), and Lowland funded e Buddy (5 million Euro) continue to slug is out over this space.
Meebo branched out even further by allowing embeddable chat on any website through their Meebo Me widget.
Companies like Meebo, Skype, Wablet, and AOL-acquired Userplane are pushing these features forward with the next generation of instant messaging on the web.
Real time communication is one of the most innovative sectors on the web today.
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Below are some of the big ideas emerging in web instant messaging as it stands today and the services that exemplify them. Interoperability After the initial success of AIM and ICQ, several other chat services popped up.
Services like Trillian, Gaim, Adium and Miranda developed hacks to communicate across the different protocols.
Meebo has had steady growth since we covered their numbers last December.
Daily logins and message volume have grown 5 times over, at 1.2 million logins and 70 million messages per day.