Meebo is a web instant messenger that currently supports AIM & ICQ, Yahoo Messenger, Jabber & GTalk and MSN. Instead of installing the instant messenger on your computer, you simply log in to the service on the Meebo websit. Here you find the same functionality that the standalone messenger provides you with.
Many schools and universities have banned the Meebo website already from their networks so that it is almost impossible to access Meebo from within the network.
The Meebo team has created an application in response called Meebo repeater which acts as a proxy so that users can access Meebo even if it has been blocked in the network. The only catch is that it has to be running on a computer all the time, they suggest you run it from your computer at home which would mean you should pay a flat fee for the internet, otherwise this does not seem practical at all.
All you have to do is download the Meebo repeater from the Meebo website, unpack it and run it. The Meebo repeater will automatically configure the service and tell you the internet address that you will have to use to connect to Meebo. You may have to configure your firewall to allow Meebo repeater access to the Internet.
Meebo repeater is open source and supports SSL and standard connections to the Meebo network. If you can't live without Meebo use the Meebo repeater, it works great.
Update: Meebo has been acquired by Google for $100M US Dollars. It is not clear yet what will happen to the existing services that Meebo is offering, but since layoffs have been announced, it is likely that the products, at least partially, will be discontinued in their current form.
Google plans to integrate the development arm of the company into the Google+ team, which makes it likely that we will see part of the Meebo technology implemented into Google's social networking service.
Update: Meebo is no more. Both the online service and the repeater are no longer available.
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